Mpumalanga treasury denies MEC earned more than premier

2015-12-01 16:16
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Mbombela - Mpumalanga MEC Eric Kholwane's office has rubbished claims that he earned more money than Premier David Mabuza last year.

Citing auditor general reports, the DA released a statement claiming that Kholwane earned a combined salary of R2.08m for two departments in 2014/15, while Mabuza earned R1.9m.

"This allegation... is based on a misinterpretation of the report [for one of the departments]," said Department of Finance spokesperson Letshela Jonas on Tuesday.

The DA's Bosman Grobler said that Kholwane drew a salary of R 1.771m from the Department of Economic Development and Tourism, and a further R315 000 from the finance department.

He said this violated the upper limit set on salaries and allowances for premiers, MECs and MPLs.

"The upper limit is currently R1.734m for MECs," said Grobler.

However, Jonas insisted that the DA had misunderstood the AG's report relating to the finance department.

"It is a matter of public knowledge that the provincial government was reconfigured following the national and provincial elections in 2014.

"The new political leadership, as will be seen in the annual reports of various departments, took public office towards the end of May 2014.

"Before then, the provincial treasury and the department of economic development, (environment) and tourism had separate executing authorities who were compensated [accordingly].

"The amount of R315 000 reflected in the annual report of the 2014/15 is for the period before MEC Kholwane assumed the role of the executing authority of the provincial treasury," said Jonas.

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