Ehrenreich sets 'salary challenge' for Zille, De Lille

2016-05-19 16:36
Western Cape Premier Helen Zille. (News24)

Western Cape Premier Helen Zille. (News24)

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Cape Town - Cosatu Western Cape leader Tony Ehrenreich revealed his income on Thursday and challenged other leaders to do the same in his "salary challenge".

Making the revelations in his personal capacity, the Congress of SA Trade Unions provincial secretary said he earned R24 000 a month from Cosatu, and R26 000 a month from the City of Cape Town, where he is a proportional representation councillor.

He also earned speaking fees, which he donated to charity, he said.

"The reason I do this is because I am already paid too huge [a] salary from Cosatu to serve the workers and I cannot in good faith take a second salary, whilst so many of our people are not given jobs," he said in a post on his Facebook page. The Cosatu leader said 50% of his income went to social projects.

The huge differences in incomes were responsible for the breakdown of society, he said, while criticising people who took fees to attend board meetings.

"Surely, if you avail yourself for public office and public interest, then you must promote the notion of public service."

Lampooned on Twitter

He challenged Cape Town Mayor Patricia De Lille and Western Cape Premier Helen Zille to reveal how much they raked in.

But his dare was lampooned by some with MP Cameron Mackenzie tweeting: "@BDliveSA perhaps @TonyEhrenreich can explain the ethics in drawing a Council salary but not attending @CityofCT Council meetings".

Spokesperson for Western Cape Premier Helen Zille @MichaelMpofu tweeted: "Find something else to do @TonyEhrenreich. This is tired."

Ehrenreich said projects that he spent money on last year included: 
- Improving a vehicle for an HIV/Aids project at Cosatu;
- Funding activities for pensioners every second Tuesday of the month;
- Funding sections of the Proudly South African campaign;
- Contributing to a poor school in Uitsig; and giving assistance when asked.

He said he also paid ANC volunteers a stipend when they worked in voting district stations during registration time in his ward. He said this was unlike many political leaders, who expected them to work for free.

According to Ehrenreich, he also paid four people R1 000 a month for their service in the community, and to oversee his donations.

His one "personal indulgence" was a share in a holiday house in Kleinmond. However, a family from an informal settlement lived in its cottage for free.

"I live in Uitsig, a Sub Economic area in Elsies River, where every night is filled with gun shots, as well as the wonderful sense of neighbourliness of a township."

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