Pay hike in Zuma’s hands

2010-11-12 12:14

Christmas could come early for Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe if President Jacob Zuma endorses the recommendations of Judge Willie Seriti’s commission that Motlanthe’s salary should be the same as that of the president.

Seriti’s Independent Commission for the Remuneration of Public Office Bearers, which determines salaries of public office-bearers, such as politicians and judges, has recommended a 7% pay hike for all public office-bears.

This means Zuma will now get a pay package of just over R2.4-million, if he approves the commission’s recommendations.

A deputy president’s salary package could surge to just over R2.1-million. But Motlanthe is likely to get the same salary as Zuma because of his erstwhile position as president of the republic.

Judge Seriti said this was because Motlanthe was legally entitled to his presidential pension – which is an equivalent of the pay a sitting president gets – from the day after he had left office.

“The commission recommends that the current deputy president shall receive the pension benefits of a former president only and no salary for his services as deputy president, except those benefits and privileges which are necessary to carry out his functions,” Seriti said.

Ministers will rake in R1.8-million, while their deputies will get R1.5-million.

The Parliamentary speaker will earn R2.1-million, while principal premiers will get R1.7-million.

The chief justice’s pay packages will go over R2.1-million, while judge-presidents will get R1.6-million.

The commission said the increases had factored in inflation and market conditions.

It is not clear as yet when Zuma will decide whether to approve or reject the proposed hikes.

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