Public office bearers’ pay hike accepted

2011-08-29 13:34

President Jacob Zuma has accepted the Independent Commission for the Remuneration of Public Office Bearers’ recommendation of a five percent increase in the pay packages of public office bearers.

In terms of the Remuneration of Public Office Bearers Act, the Magistrates Act, and the Judge’s Remuneration and Conditions of Employment Act, the salaries and allowances of the public office bearers are determined by the president, after taking into account a number of issues, Zuma’s spokesperson Mac Maharaj said today.

These included the commission’s recommendations, affordability, level of remuneration in society in general, promotion of equality and uniformity of salaries, and inflation.

“The commission has recommended a five percent yearly adjustment to the salaries of all public office bearers. The president has accepted the recommendations of the commission in this regard.”

As required by the relevant provisions of the acts, Zuma would determine the salaries and allowances of all public office bearers accordingly.

The commission also made recommendations on tools of trade of certain public office bearers. Costing and affordability assessment would be done by the minister of finance regarding the tools of trade and the matter would then be brought to Cabinet, Maharaj said.

On Friday, commission chairperson Willie Seriti said the salaries for the 2011/2012 financial year would be backdated to April.

The basis for the percentage increase was informed by Consumer Price Index trends, affordability, national market trends including the private and public sector, and consultation with relevant parties.

The proposed increase was less than the seven percent approved by Zuma in 2010/11.

The increase would lift Zuma’s yearly salary from around R2.4 million to just under R2.5 million, and Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe’s from R2.1 million to R2.2 million.

The chief justice’s salary would increase from R2.13 million to R2.23 million a year, while members of Parliament would pocket more than R840 000, up from R800 000.

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