Jacob Zuma gets 5% salary increase

2011-09-20 14:17

Cape Town - The National Assembly on Tuesday approved a salary increase of 5% for President Jacob Zuma, effective from April 1 this year.

Zuma now earns R2 485 839 a year - up from R2 367 466 last year.

The House also approved that Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe continue to receive the pension benefits of a former president only, and no salary for his services as deputy president.

However, he would also receive those benefits and privileges necessary to enable him to carry out his functions.

Motlanthe served as president from September 25, 2008 to May 6, 2009.

In terms of the Constitution, the Assembly must approve the president's salary. He, in turn, approves MPs' salaries.

Last month, Zuma accepted the Independent Commission for the Remuneration of Public Office Bearers' recommendation of a 5% 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 public office bearers are determined by the president, after taking into account a number of issues.

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

  • tripwire - 2011-09-20 14:24

    I`ll Swop my pay for his any day $$ ...But I don`t want all the Wives , Girlfriends and Kids.

      Francois - 2011-09-20 15:04

      You must be careful, his salary is most probably enhanced by paybacks and bribes and for that you might need more than the wives to look after you. You also need to shower three times a day at least and have taxi money available.

      Matt :-) - 2011-09-20 15:42

      That 5% increase will come in handy as CTM may have some killer special deal on a new shower soon

      The Wonderer - 2011-09-20 17:16

      Just one question comes to mind...FOR WHAT??? A R124 000,00 salary increase for what??? For taking forever to speak up on judgments against MP's, for not being able to take control of an unruly YL, for not taking a stand against his cronies' corruption and fraud??? Would love to hear WHY he should get a R124k more?! WHAT exactly justifies it?

      PilgrimX - 2011-09-23 14:57

      Only 5 percent?! Let's hope he does not go on a wage strike.

  • meeeee - 2011-09-20 14:25

    why? so he can support his 100 wives????

  • FastLex - 2011-09-20 14:29

    Fantastic, and the places he goes before elections, how much does he give back to them??? Open your eyes people of SA. lol, he gets his salary approved by those that he will approve salaries for, hmmm, me thinks you scratch my back, i scratch yours. Anywho, can someone please work out what presidents earned from 1990 to now and relate that to inflation, GDP.etc. So we might be able to see what there increases and ratios of salaries were since then. Thanks.

      The Wonderer - 2011-09-20 17:19

      It's crazy, his increase is double that than what a lot of people earn per year!

  • CHIPPER_CHAP - 2011-09-20 14:31

    For doing what exactly?

      Willyza - 2011-09-20 14:57

      Where have you been the last few years Chipper.....!!!!

      Currie_Mafia - 2011-09-20 15:12

      for circling....

  • Ludolf - 2011-09-20 14:33

    South Africa is getting what it deserves. If they vote for a person who does F...all and pay him to keep on doing that, please dont cry.

  • Charlie - 2011-09-20 14:35

    And his people are starving! WTF?

      Pencilgraffiti - 2011-09-20 16:38

      I am never one to say anything good about Pres Zuma but i am quite glad about this. I don't think anyone would have complained if he took 7% - 9%. COSATU's strikes now begin at like 20%. So yes he is probably, well most likely, corrupt and earns x5 that in paybacks but besides all of that it is good to see a public servant settling for 5% in harsh economic circumstances. I wish the others would follow suit

  • Peter - 2011-09-20 14:35

    Oh please!!! He spent much more than that on a single flight to USA last week in a private jet. His salary is the least of our concerns. What about how they throw away millions at every little opportunity.

  • John - 2011-09-20 14:40

    Why oh why does news media keep saying how much politicians earn? They earn the square root of sod all as they are just incompetent. Why does the news media say how much politicians are paid (bribes and backhanders not included)?

  • Verdade - 2011-09-20 14:49

    He will need a lot more soon, as he might have to buy lots of ARVs for him and his family...Disgusting idiot!

  • MIM128 - 2011-09-20 14:54

    Now even girlfriends are "first ladies". Unless you tell me the word "marriage" has changed meaning in Zulu. SA is one hell of country. So what happened to the third first-lady who was fighting to get on the plane to New York to shop? I hear Kwame Nkuruma's party has only one seat in Ghana's parliament...

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      Oupa - 2011-09-20 15:31

      NO. Gets

  • Zizo Snr - 2011-09-20 14:58

    Jesses, we only pay him because the contract say so!!! And it is not "earning", let's rather find another suitable term for such payment to Zuma.

  • 50something - 2011-09-20 15:01

    And I am sure it does not include all the benefits for his extended family. 5% does not sound like a lot, but 5% on R2 mil is R100K increase! Most people don't even earn a fraction of that per year

      45skin - 2011-09-20 15:07

      50s,you are not the president and there is only one "occupied" post in this country if you want to be one.So quit news24 and form a party if you want to earn like him, your grandma, hellen failed to be one,so do not eve dream of trying.

      Matt :-) - 2011-09-20 15:44

      Most world leaders don't even come close to R2mill a year!!!

  • TastelessJoke - 2011-09-20 15:04

    Is that all? He's president of the damn country, he should be earning twice as much. There are CEO's raking in more than that.

      zaatheist - 2011-09-20 15:11

      Ja! But those CEO's are do a proper job. They are not paid such salaries to sit on there backsides ogling the girls or flitting around the world in private jets on extended shopping trips.

      Matt :-) - 2011-09-20 15:45

      @ zaatheist - they aren't? Darn, why I am I still working my way up in the rat race then :-)

      Anton - 2011-09-20 18:28

      CEOs are generally qualified, good leaders who work their asses off to achieve something constructive, raise employment and fund the country via tax. Just to name a few points.

  • Diran - 2011-09-20 15:05

    JC Voice " Don't be Jealous "

  • Proefleser - 2011-09-20 15:05

    Hy verdien meer as wat hy verdien.

  • Megan - 2011-09-20 15:07

    While the majority of the people in your country are starving to death, unable to get employment, do not have a roof over their head... But it's okay for you take home over 2million a year. DISGUSTING! You lead by example, not wonder this country is plagued with strikers demanding more money all the time.

  • zaatheist - 2011-09-20 15:07

    Not bad for a ditherer with a primary school education and a penchant for a bit of los!

      Matt :-) - 2011-09-20 15:46

      Hey don't forget his vast experience as a sheep herder... rounding up sheep into a pen takes hard work, skill and intelligence you know... which is probably why he chose instead to join the ANC

  • Brainbow - 2011-09-20 15:10

    Those figures are approximately equal to his before/after tax earnings.

      Brainbow - 2011-09-20 15:11

      ...........per day!!!

  • Trevor - 2011-09-20 15:12

    Less out of Shabir Shaik's pocket, he must be happy...

  • Iamwhy - 2011-09-20 15:13

    Well done for taking only 5% JZ. Lead by example. Hopefully labour unions are taking note.

      Kenno - 2011-09-20 15:18

      Whatever he too much! Dont forget all the kickbacks, tender frauds etc etc

      The Wonderer - 2011-09-20 17:28

      No,the ONLY well done he still has to earn, is by stepping down because his ANC is totally riddled with fraud and corruption. Then & then only will he get a well done & start earning SOME respect.

  • Pekkie - 2011-09-20 15:18

    He doesnt deserve it, He is a criminal for taking advantage of the poor! If there is one person who deserves all the bad in this world its this idiot, I would rather have Malema as president, at least you know what you got with him, Zoooma is a sly man who will go out with as much negative flare as he came in with, Its SA worst president to date!

  • Matt :-) - 2011-09-20 15:40

    And they say farm workers get poorly paid... this qualified sheep herder is earning quite a packet!

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  • Daemos1 - 2011-09-20 15:43

    You could have shown South Africa you care and turned it down or donated the increase Jay-Zed, but you don't care.

  • unrealchris - 2011-09-20 15:54

    Still less than boy idiot julius?!

  • Mystre - 2011-09-20 15:55

    At least he's sensible enough to ask for a decent % increase unlike retarded strikers. Strike and cause more damage to get paid more. End up being paid the same because of all the damage caused...

  • Jolene Atties - 2011-09-20 15:55

    His salary is pittance....if you look at all the perks he get's please. The rich get's get richer....instead of crying about it go on this website and check out your Wealth Dynamics Profile, its an eyeopener.

  • mac-sdi - 2011-09-20 16:08

    this man should be recalled. he is taking us backwards. hand him his golden handshake and lets put Motlanthe back as chief in command

      Peter - 2011-09-20 16:37

      He also flew to NZ in jet that cost us millions to watch rugby. He would do better at governing, but who is going to put a stop to all this ridiculous spending? Gravy train all the way.

  • BloodRiver - 2011-09-20 16:09

    I would be president for free. And I would do a much better job.

  • mac-sdi - 2011-09-20 16:10

    Gwede Mantashe runs this country. he should be getting this increase.

  • farmworker - 2011-09-20 16:14

    You deserve it Mr President you have been working very hard

  • BafoonSpotter - 2011-09-20 16:16

    oi! to have been a fly on the wall during his performance appraisal discussion...

      The Wonderer - 2011-09-20 17:43

      I can tell you how THAT went, Mr presideeeent, if you give us a nice incrrrreeese, we will give you nice incrrreese. DONE.

  • Other Justin - 2011-09-20 16:19

    I don't like the cANCer, but come on people, this is the president of the Republic of South Africa. He is running the most powerful country on the continent, I think 5% is fair enough, if a little too little, I would say 6 to 6.5% would be more fair. I don't like his presidency, I don't like his politics, I don't like the corruption his party brings to this beautiful country, but he is employed by South Africa as the country's CEO, he deserves the salary. I wouldn't want his job for the money he is getting. We must be fair and not nail the guy unduly, he is in a position of authority and deserves an increase, like the rest of us. I may not get one, but that is between my employer and me.

      BloodRiver - 2011-09-20 16:30

      His salary is far too high for an uneducated goat herder. Judging from your comment, your lack of an increase is probably due to your lack of intellect.

  • Stun Gun - 2011-09-20 16:28

    The Eskom CE earns more than the president and hes not ashamed. His bonus was the presidents salary as a matter of fact.

  • Sprinkaan - 2011-09-20 17:06

    Reporters, there is a big difference between ear a salary and get a salary. Politition don't earn a salary. They get a salary

  • archie l - 2011-09-20 17:53

    His done it again increase for what ????? Wow is there no control what these idiots do with our money 5% for another private foreign account mediocres sad thing they getting away. Uncontrollable situation....

  • isabel.defaria - 2011-09-20 19:30

    @stun gun well said CEO's are earning high salaries but what gets me is the bonus's and golden handshakes they receive... and its the poor who fund these increases e.g banks charges are over the top then you hear that CEO's connected to banking get bonus's of millions....just not acceptable in a time when millions are barely bringing home enough to support their families.....there should be a freeze on salary increases of people already earning millions for a couple of give people on really low salaries above average increases ..all people want is a living wage not much to ask I think...

  • anonymoustrc - 2011-09-23 13:27

    Wow, Is it not funny how all the government officials and representatives have these huge salaries and endless amount of luxuries, yet the people who vote for them are still sitting homeless, hungry and without a basic human services......?

  • Jonathan - 2011-09-28 16:13

    His 5% increase is to please the masses, but what they don't think about is that this "measley" increase amounts to R10 000 per month, but he's banking on them not noticing that ;-)

  • maphokoelias - 2012-06-29 18:16

    More wives more increases, it's obvious.

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