Maharaj was Zuma's highest earning special advisor

2015-05-26 19:15
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Johannesburg - President Jacob Zuma has had six special advisors since 2014, with former spin doctor Mac Maharaj earning a little more than R2m annually, making him the highest earner.

The information was provided in a written response submitted by Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe to a question posed by the DA MP Michael Cardo on how many special advisors the president had since May 2014, who they were, and what they were paid.

Maharaj, who resigned at the end of last month when he turned 80, was a special advisor on communication since January 2009.

He earned a salary of R2 106 607 a year, according to Radebe.

Zuma's legal advisor Bonisiwe Makhene had been receiving a R1 701 167.07 per year since he took up the job in June 2009.

Radebe did not give the amount paid to Zuma's other legal advisor, Michael Hulley, who worked on a part-time basis.

He said the remuneration depended on the hours worked.

In 2013, in was reported that Hulley was being paid close to R700 an hour for providing legal advice to Zuma.

In a written reply to a parliamentary question by DA MP James Selfe at the time, Zuma did not refer to Hulley by name, but said "the person" worked on a part-time basis as his special advisor.

According to Radebe, Vuma Glen Mashinini, who had been a special projects advisor to the president since November 2012, had been paid R1 570 254  a year.

Mashinini has recently been appointed as a member of the Electoral Commission of SA (IEC).

Bheki Mfeka, economic advisor to the president since July 2014, had been receiving R1 201 713.

Vuso Shabalala, political advisor since July 2014, was getting paid R1 219 737 a year.

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