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This is how much members of parliment earn

By Faeza
09 June 2016

Have you ever thought how much Mzansi’s members of parliament earn? Given the fact that they have been the centre of attention these days for brawling or sleeping on the job.

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) MPs are at the centre of much of the attention, having taken on the role of parliament’s nap prefects.

This started when one of their MPs accused the minister of international relations, Maite Nkoana Mashabane, of falling asleep during a debate in April on whether President Jacob Zuma should be impeached.

And a month later, their MPs grabbed headlines for fighting with parliamentary security and their leader, Julius Malema, vouched to never let Zuma talk in parliament in peace again.

According to Africa Check, this is how the taxpayer’s money is shared:

The highest-paid MPs are the speaker of the national assembly and the chairman of the national council of provinces (NCOP). Those positions are held, at present, by Baleka Mbete and Thandi Modise. Both are members of the ruling African National Congress (ANC).

As of 1 April 2015, both earned R2,716,798 a year, according to the government gazette. That averages out to R226,400 a month.

Their salaries are the same as the deputy president’s, an indication of how senior they are. They also earn more than cabinet ministers, who get R2,309,262 a year, or R192,439 a month.

The next highest-paid MP is the deputy speaker of the national assembly, who earns R1,901,726 a year, which is the same as a deputy cabinet minister. That works out to R158,477 a month. At present, Lechesa Tsenoli is the deputy speaker.

The house chairman comes next on the pay scale. This is currently Cedrick Frolick, who earns R1,765,935 a year.

After him comes a group of senior MPs – the chief whip of the majority party, the chief whip of the NCOP, and the parliamentary council president and deputy president – who earn R1,494,192 a year. The leader of the opposition, currently Mmusi Maimane of the Democratic Alliance, is also among this group. Their monthly average works out at R124,516.

Leaders of minority parties, such as Julius Malema and Bantu Holomisa from the UDM, earn R1,222,606 a year or R101,885 a month.

The lowest salary an MP in the national assembly or NCOP earns is R1,033,434 a year, or R86,120 a month.