AG gets massive increase

2013-07-12 14:20

Cape Town - Auditor General Terence Nombembe has received a salary increase of close to a million rand a year, backdated for more than six years.

Details of the increase are contained in a letter, dated 23 May this year, sent by President Jacob Zuma to Parliament. The letter was published this week in a parliamentary document.

"[The president has determined that] the annual salary package of the Auditor General Mr TM Nombembe be increased from R1 708 600 per annum to R2 650 000 per annum with effect from 1 December 2006."

This meant Nombembe's salary package would increase by R941 400 a year, backdated for six-and-a-half years, a windfall of well over R6m.

The date of 1 December 2006 is the day on which Nombembe - who replaced Shauket Fakie, who retired - was appointed to the post.

The letter also announces a huge increase in Nombembe's termination benefits.

"[The] Auditor General’s termination benefit [is to] be increased from 10% of the average term compensation for each year of service, to 50% of the average term compensation for each year of service..."

According to the letter the payment of back pay would be done in accordance with the guidelines applicable to the AG's office.

Zuma's decision to increase Nombembe's salary package was based on a recommendation of the parliamentary committee on the Auditor General.

  • Kalahari Kgalagadi Safaris - 2013-07-12 14:30

    Obscene anc fatcats! You are a disgrace

      Elgh Elgh - 2013-07-12 15:14

      And they not even shy to make it public. The cANCer must be voted out!!! They are robbing us and the future of our children.

      Jeffery Stokes - 2013-07-12 15:20

      damn. they are definitely not commies anymore. this is the way of capitalists.

      yaya188 - 2013-07-13 07:36

      Ah well, it is so obvious, pay the 'state lawyer' now, with public funding to ensure possible later favours?

      Erich Goosen - 2013-07-13 08:02

      Why has it taken the ANC 6 years to finally decide what this man should get. Is it perhaps that he found some discrepancies regarding Nkandla and is now being paid a hush fee?

      Pieter Du Preez - 2013-07-13 19:27

      And not by a small margin. Compare SA with the US: The US Attorney General has recently taken a pay cut. He earns after the cut about R1 890 000 per year. The USA economy is about 170 times bigger than the South African economy ($70 trillion vs $408 billion)

      Pieter Du Preez - 2013-07-15 18:48

      Unfortunately the ANC was completely misguided on why politicians and public servants were NOT paid a market related salary in the previous Apartheid regime. There were two reasons : It was a job for life, unless you stuff it up by not doing your bit. It was not complicated, it was just solid, routine work done well. Simple requirements, do not require MBA graduates, but diligence and service orientated. Second reason was that if you do this well for forty years you will qualify for a good pension, medical aid and perhaps some free train/flight tickets once a year within South Africa. When the ANC came to power they hiked up the salaries to be market related, got the wrong people employed (who will find this type of job boring), BUT most importantly they KEPT the retirement benefits. Most public sector jobs are much more lucrative, now and post retirement. It is not sustainable

  • Lee Duke - 2013-07-12 14:31

    He is keeping his friend happy,so that NO1 can spend more of our tax payers money's.............

      Kortbroek Du Plessis - 2013-07-12 15:37

      I suppose that's why the government now threatenes to raise taxes to pay for these obscene lifestyles of the ANC cadres. They make me sick!

  • Chreamz George - 2013-07-12 14:32


      Thabang Bonang - 2013-07-12 15:59

      You asking serious? Wait until you see salaries of many CA's in the country.

      Rocky Bell - 2013-07-12 16:26

      The AG gets paid from tax payers money. Other CA gets paid from clients fees. That difficult??

      Jimmy Mthombeni - 2013-07-12 18:34

      Rocky, which CA will accept a public sector position if the salary scale in the private sector is not matched by what the public sector offers?

      Rocky Bell - 2013-07-12 19:57

      Jimmy - anc cadres and tenderpreneurs - much more lucrative - believe me.

      Jimmy Mthombeni - 2013-07-12 20:59

      Rocky, you are not responding to my not let your hatred for the ANC cloud your judgement.

      Tamlyn Loraine Liebenberg - 2013-07-13 07:59

      Although I'm not a fan of the ANC, I have to agree. Experienced Registered Auditors in the private sector receive huge salaries, it's only fair it gets matched in the public sector. Yes it's taxpayers money but if you gonna pay peanuts, you won't be able to afford a competent experienced auditor.

      Mike Bundy - 2013-07-13 11:14

      @Tamlyn: He was already getting paid R1 708 600, that's hardly peanuts. It's far greater pay than comparable positions around the world, even in first world countries.

      Mike Bundy - 2013-07-13 11:30

      Start with 365 days in the year. Deduct weekends, 104 days. Deduct annual leave of 30 days. Sick days, let's be generous and assume that he only takes 15. Take away the approximately 30 days each year that all government employees "could not be reached for comment". So far we are down to 186 days of actually attending to work-related duties. Guv'ment only works from 09:00 to 15:30, take away the two 30-minute tea breaks and the hour lunch break and you can hope for 4.5 hours attention to duties per day of work. So . . . he is paid R2 650 000 for a total of 837 hours per year of work - R3166 PER HOUR! And that's not taking into account the free housing, free security, free meals, free cars, free petrol, free overseas travel, free holiday accomodation and unlimited clothing allowance for him and all of his family. Nice work if you can get it!

      Pieter Du Preez - 2013-07-13 19:31

      @Thabang the median pay for CV's in SA is about R450 000. See

  • Tommo Too - 2013-07-12 14:32

    An absolute disgrace. ANC friends in high places. Don't expect the mining strikes to discontinue when this is the example that is set.

  • Lehlogonolo Mukhola - 2013-07-12 14:33

    Eeeeeee! Salary reshufled.

  • Sebola Ali - 2013-07-12 14:33

    Why now? Is it because he should now audit Nkandlagate? That's Zuma's government for you.

  • Shalate Mashaba - 2013-07-12 14:34

    and sars revenue is nt wat dey anticipated. rubbish maan

  • Mandy Pepler - 2013-07-12 14:35

    What the F#ck!!!!!!!

  • Madumetja April - 2013-07-12 14:36

    holy cow!!!

  • MikeStevens - 2013-07-12 14:36

    what the actual F@#$? how do you justify that kind of salary? Zuma and his cronies need to F@#$ off

  • Nettie Potgieter - 2013-07-12 14:37

    F***ing hel! Lucky AG.

  • Hemlock - 2013-07-12 14:37

    This is ridiculous!!!!!!! Bribery to seal his lips I think!

      DeAndre Sosa - 2013-07-12 16:43

      How much do CA's with his experience earn in the private sector? think about that.

  • Alta Steyn - 2013-07-12 14:39

    And so many have to go without food, warm clothing, suffering to make month end. You are a disgrace to this country and to your people. But in the end you will suffer the consequences of your greed. Something we as your 'prisoners of your greed' can look forward too.

      Thabang Bonang - 2013-07-12 16:03

      If you work harder and smarter you can earn higher than that. Or maybe get yourself a millionaire guy.

  • Jan Grimbeek - 2013-07-12 14:40

    Yip, how do you get the AG on your side of the fence ?

      Pieter Du Preez - 2013-07-13 19:25

      The US Attorney General has recently taken a pay cut. He earns after the cut about R1 890 000 per year. The USA economy is about 170 times bigger than the South African economy ($70 trillion vs $408 billion) I rest my case

  • Jason Van Der Vorst - 2013-07-12 14:42

    Rob us blind with a smile signed by JZ!

  • Jason Van Der Vorst - 2013-07-12 14:42

    Rob us blind with a smile signed by JZ!

  • Neal Naidoo - 2013-07-12 14:42

    How many families would that money have fed, and how may houses could be built with that money???? Zuma for the people!!!

  • Vivian Hawkins - 2013-07-12 14:43

    Another guaranteed ANC vote, it that time when the ruling party will start buying votes

      Mandy Pepler - 2013-07-12 14:49

      I think JZ is going to lose a lot more ANC votes by gaining this one. Pathetic idiot.

  • Jbm Moate - 2013-07-12 14:44

    Now we just have to wait and see the REAL reason Zuma did this, i bet all the audits for all the KZN municipality will be as clean as the morning milk...

  • Kholofelo Pila - 2013-07-12 14:46

    somebody please deliver us from these corrupt things

  • Terence Wessels - 2013-07-12 14:46

    Ja Ja. But the corrupt pigs want to increase taxes due to shortfalls? Thieves and liars this corrupt cancer. Come 2014

  • JamesMWood - 2013-07-12 14:47

    Ha, and just the other day they say they gonna increase taxes because outflow of money is more than what's coming in? Is this standard 4 mentality?

  • Kurt Overton - 2013-07-12 14:48

    wow what does he know -LOL!!!

  • CALAMITYSA - 2013-07-12 14:50

    Probably buying his vote!?

  • Jason Van Der Vorst - 2013-07-12 14:50

    Come to think of it, how many R 2,500-00 p/m salaries is that? Roughly 88 people sorted with a R 2,500-00 income for an entire year! People need to start thinking for themselves......

  • Charles_McDonwald - 2013-07-12 14:50

    I wonder why.... "Keep quiet Terrence, just keep quiet"

  • Angela Salloway - 2013-07-12 14:51

    WE need a lot of honest, for the people politicians to veto this. It is a democracy not a dictatorship , the president (along with his cronies on the parlimentary committee) shouldn't have the power to do this, and politicians should stand against this sort of stupid "guideline" increase.

  • Clarence P. Esau - 2013-07-12 14:52

    Nobody has EVER doubted Terence's integrity. That this article elicits the responses below just confirms that South Africans' education under Apartheid make them VERY easy to con into taking ANY position that you which. I have therefore always held that whites who were educated under government Apartheid education are more previously disadvantaged than, say, coloureds on the Cape Flats and the so-called gutter education which made them critical thinkers....

      Payricia Bull - 2013-07-12 14:59


      Mandy Pepler - 2013-07-12 15:05


      Amber Rancic - 2013-07-12 15:43

      Well, dear Clarence. Please explain the critical thought process that led you to believe that this kind of increase, backdated for 6 years, is feasible? I agree that the AG has always appeared to be a man of integrity, and I agree that the increase is obviously not his doing, but I fail to see how a government which is constantly complaining about a lack of cash can then proceed with steps like these.

      Rocky Bell - 2013-07-12 15:55

      Clarence, put more water my friend. The weekend is still ahead. "hogwash" comes to mind. Eish party ma se kinders!!

      Kortbroek Du Plessis - 2013-07-12 16:08

      Clarence I can bet you you don't even know a white person, except for maybe your boss. Critical thinking in the Cape Flats my @rse all I see are a lot of people stoned out of their minds over there! Your masters that were a tiny minority didn't build a modern infrastructure and ruled you for 350 years because they were stupid, that much I can assure you! Carefull who you insult.

  • Elliz Edd - 2013-07-12 14:53

    That does it... I'm voting for Agang.

  • Awsomekid - 2013-07-12 14:56

    President's prerogative.I'm not shocked,just pist off.Outragiously convenient shifting of a king pawn.

  • Graham Jehoma - 2013-07-12 14:58

    can you imagine getting an 80 000 rand increase on your 120 000 monthly salary and a 6mill back pay?ek gooi mos al my onderbroeke weg na dit.......... show me anywhere else this can happen..... thank you taxpayers for your generosity.....

  • Mpumelelo Manitshana - 2013-07-12 14:58

    Bribe is not always direct, well that annual increase will keep that AG quite and not snooping on JZ's unlawful conducts

  • Davina Pillay - 2013-07-12 15:01

    And what of the trainee auditors? Do they get as huge a salary? I think NOT... SHOCKED

  • Rocky Bell - 2013-07-12 15:02

    DISGUSTING English revolting, repulsive, sickening, ghastly, filthy, sordid, horrible, nauseating, repellent Afrikaans Walglik, sies, ga, poef, vieslik, gemors, kotsenswaardig Dutch misselijk, onsmakelijk, stuitend French rypugnant German anekelnd, ekelig, ekelnd, widerlich, yblen Italian disgustoso, fetente Portuguese repugnante Spanish asqueroso, bofe, ofensivo, tedioso ANC WORDS: WELL DONE COMRADE, WELL DONE. YOU DID NOT STRUGGLE TO BE POOR, YOU DID NOT STRUGGLE TO SUFFER. “LET THEM HAVE CAKE”

      Isaiah Baloyi - 2013-07-12 15:08

      Hey Rocky teach me some of those languages,I think they will come in handy when I have to swear at the Zoo Gov.

      DeAndre Sosa - 2013-07-12 17:04

      Let me ask you something, what is the Market rate for a CA with 15 years?

      Rocky Bell - 2013-07-12 20:11

      17 degrees fahrenheit

  • Motlogelwa Seloana - 2013-07-12 15:03

    This says it all, m voting for EFF next elections.

      klasvaakie - 2013-07-13 18:44

      Please do...if you cant vote for the ANC anymore, vote for whoever you want to, but change is needed.

  • Colin Jamieson - 2013-07-12 15:06


  • Andrew M - 2013-07-12 15:07

    Wow! Wow! The government is constantly lambasting the private sector for high salaries and huge increases now this. Mr Zuma must have an ulterior motive for this extraordinary increase. The mind boggles at the actions of the President.

  • Nadene Campbell - 2013-07-12 15:11

    Yet there are children freezing and starving!!! its disgusting!!

  • Rocky Bell - 2013-07-12 15:11

    Must be a new world record and should reflect in the Guinness Book of Records: ..........a salary increase back dated for more than six years!!!!!!! Only in Efrika.

  • Payricia Bull - 2013-07-12 15:11

    For "services" rendered and, as we all know, silence is expensive! ........ (Something stinks)

  • Raymond Kok - 2013-07-12 15:11

    and yet we the people will just pay and pay through our necks when oh when will we wake up and stop the rot,it will not get better its like they got a tap where they just open and abara ka dabara look there is money.Please people nobody but nobody is either capable or willing to do it lets take our que from Rio or Egypt and show these thieving bastards

  • Chris R-e - 2013-07-12 15:12

    Why was the raise given 6 years? Someone was incompetent were they not!

  • Uzziphathele KaSkhokho Tshabalala - 2013-07-12 15:14

    We need change!!!!,viva Agang SA viva!!!,Zuma is making sure that poor people remain poor and no question's about it,I'm sick with this ZUMAANC,sies Zuma you don't care about poor South Africans!!!

  • Lynn Hattingh - 2013-07-12 15:15

    Bloody hell I definitely am in the wrong profession.

  • Mohammed Khan - 2013-07-12 15:15

    oooh eh eh!!!

  • Lums Zindela - 2013-07-12 15:16

    only in SA

  • Chris Steytler - 2013-07-12 15:17

    Nou moet jy net al daai tax ok betaal.

  • Rouen Heiberg - 2013-07-12 15:20

    If I'm not mistaken a RDP house is R52 000 or thereabouts. So 115 families could have had houses now. Assuming 4-5 people per house that is 500 people who are still sleeping outside. And every year another 19 families or 100 people won't get a roof over their heads...again....and again...and again. But hey, vote for them who am I to judge.

      Nico Van Der Merwe - 2013-07-12 16:04

      I guarantee you that those 19 families will still vote for cANCer. So in a way they are doing this to themselves.

  • Flynn Govender - 2013-07-12 15:20

    Anyone want to join the gravy train

  • Jason Cotton - 2013-07-12 15:21

    Get in the tent, P outward!