Fireworks expected over motion for more money for Zuma

2015-06-04 15:23
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Cape Town - Fireworks are expected in Parliament on Thursday when a motion over a salary increase for President Jacob Zuma is submitted. 

The Nkandla issue, which is still on everyone’s lips, will most probably arise from the opposition benches. 

The Independent Commission for the Remuneration of Public Office Bearers that annually decides on salary adjustments for public office bearers, including the president and MPs, last year recommended that the salary of all public office bearers who earned more than R1 million a year should increase by 5% . 

It was reported earlier this year that Zuma’s salary would increase from R2.47 million a year to a little more than R2.6 million a year, but it had not been passed by the National Assembly, hence the motion. 

It is the timing of the motion that has angered some MPs. 

When approached for comment on the expected motion, Congress of the People leader Mosiuoa Lekota referred to the Nkandla issue and said the president had already taken so much and had paid nothing. 

“I do not think that it is the time to talk about more money for him. It just sounds wrong.” 

Some other political parties have indicated that they would oppose the motion. 

The ANC could not comment immediately as MPs were in their weekly caucus sessions. 

The Nkandla report, which is now before the ad hoc committee on Nkandla, drove some ANC veterans such as

Professor Ben Turok to say it would be better if the president at least came forward and said he was willing to pay a share of the money spent on his homestead in KwaZulu-Natal. 

» Following the fuss over the statue of Cecil John Rhodes on the campus of the University of Cape Town, fireworks are also expected during a debate on Thursday afternoon on the role of national symbols in democratic South Africa.

Read more on:    jacob zuma  |  nkandla upgrade  |  government spending  |  parliament 2015

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