Zuma will cost SA R500m - claim

2012-08-20 21:41

Johannesburg - President Jacob Zuma could cost the South African taxpayer more than R500m over five years, according to analysis based on the ministerial handbook.

"At the very least, President Zuma will cost the South African taxpayer R517.7m over five years - an average of R103.5m per year," said Gareth van Onselen in a blog published on

Van Onselen, the Democratic Alliance’s director of political analysis and development, writes the blog in his personal capacity.

He used the ministerial handbook as a guide to calculate the figure.

"It was a very difficult exercise, but using the ministerial handbook as a guide and by being very conservative, I have generated a total figure."

The total amount included Zuma's annual salary of R12.3m over five years, medical aid of R6.5m and pension payout of R2.8m.

The cost for Zuma's spouses was estimated to be R77.59m.

"According to the presidency, the budget for the Presidential Spousal Support Unit was R15 517 500 for the 2009/10 financial year.

The amount allocated to the Spousal Support Unit had increased from R4.5m in 2004/05 to R8m in 2007/8, to R15.5m in 2009/10, under Zuma.

"Significantly, the only way you can get information on the Spousal Unit is through parliamentary questions.

"There is no longer a standalone line item for it in the presidency’s annual report [there used to be] and no dedicated programme of action for it in the presidency’s strategic plan.

"It is money spent with no identifiable outcome attached to it. And for the last two years, its full costs are unknown," Van Onselen said.

Zuma's private vehicles were estimated to cost R3.7m over five years, while flights for the VIP Squadron were calculated at R234.2m over the same time period.

The president's overseas allowance was estimated to be R127 000 for five years. Van Onselen was not able to work out the allowance for the president's wives.

Zuma's official residence could cost about R26m for five years, and the taxpayer could fork out about R6.4m for his private residences.

VIP protection was calculated to be R60m for five years.

Van Onselen said he calculated the figures based on Zuma taking office in May 2009 and his term ending in April 2014.

The presidency had not responded to a request for comment by 16:00 on Monday.

  • sharon.erwin.96 - 2012-08-20 21:46

    South Africa can't afford him - he is too expensive.

      james.rossouw - 2012-08-20 22:05

      Does that include the corruption numbers?

      claudia.meads - 2012-08-20 22:12

      Here is an idea, R500M = R100 Million per year. The Lonmin cash-drillers.., sorry rock-drillers, want R12 500/month, That is R150 000 / year = 100 000 000 / 150 000 = 667 workers wildest aspiration met. If the ANC is truly the party for the people - then let us see their prezzie 'spearhead' their commitment.

      liana.loots - 2012-08-20 23:40

      This lot can be thankful we have such a good tax system and vat filling the coffers. I bet this idiot will take another 10 wives before the end of his term. building a nation of thieves... zumalites

      devon.riley.52 - 2012-08-21 00:56

      I feel the same way as Malema about him, we don't have a president

      sean.carbutt - 2012-08-21 08:26

      Not only is he too expensive, he is also completely useless and under delivers. Get rid of this idiot. The problem is that the % of voters with actual logic is too small to make a difference, so anc voters, now's your chance to be done with this clown.

      chris.novak.9235 - 2012-08-21 09:01

      Let his private jet come to a fireball above his homestead and crash and burn. Then we can start afresh.

      morama.sebata - 2012-08-22 10:33

      This is nothing because this man never stop surprises....he might marry another wife on top of thatand i feel it coming because he has kids all over the show!!!!

  • jackie.stone.501 - 2012-08-20 21:55

    Are you kidding me, never thought of it like that.

  • ro.jhb.1 - 2012-08-20 21:55

    Pig in the trough OINK OINK

  • Rabbler.Rouser - 2012-08-20 21:56

    And then he claims that he has sleepness nights about the plight of the poor. What hypocrisy.

      mark.singh.9889 - 2012-08-21 09:59

      His sleeplessness is caused by the thought that the poor are not paying taxes, hence less for him to steal

      patsy.smith.125 - 2012-08-22 12:37

      His sleepless nights are more likely caused by over indulgence - and too many wives to keep happy. Also perhaps, worrying how and where he can spend all his ill-gotten gains. They certainly are NOT earned

  • beki.khumalo - 2012-08-20 21:58

    Waiting eagerly for Mangaung! Some people are way too expensive...

      pieter.kunz - 2012-08-21 07:40

      I just hope that they will manage to out vote Zuma. May not be a good leader but he is not a dumb politician. It is scary to see how much money he wasted and history shows that he is money hungry and so is his cabinet.

      denis.dendrinos - 2012-08-21 08:57

      Yes beki - but who oh who to replace him? Someone that understand the needs of the poor, who understands what democracy really means, someone who understands that running the country is not the same as being a king with subjects..... a president serves the people's will, not the people serving the king.... people in power are put there to run the country, for all the people in it, in the best possible way that ensures services are provided, infrastructure (roads, hospitals, harbours, public transport, water treatment and supply and sewage handling etc) is maintained and built onto, and that the economy is stimulated. People need to start understanding the concept "for the people, by the people ACCOUNTABLE to the people!"

  • Sharmay - 2012-08-20 22:01

    500 million could feed a lot of hungry kids, build some houses and schools. I don't want to pay tax for his offspring's private school fees or one of his wives shopping trips..

      leroy.reynolds.353 - 2012-08-21 08:01

      you already have...

  • FeebleGastro - 2012-08-20 22:04

    Just pure old African greed. Knows no bounds.

  • Desilusionada - 2012-08-20 22:07

    That's roughly R1200 pm extra for each Karee Amcu miner... SA cannot afford him any more even if he stays on for FREE!!!!!

  • lacrimose.wolf - 2012-08-20 22:08

    500 million reasons not to vote ANC. This is just the Pres. Some City Managers earn more than he does. JZ costs us more than Obama costs the USA tax-payer. Just geographically, on size alone (ZA vs USA) it makes no sense. What have we seen in return?

      Desilusionada - 2012-08-20 22:30

      We did get to see a painting of you know what.......

      Don.Tandy - 2012-08-20 23:21

      Anarchy Nepotism Corruption

      devon.riley.52 - 2012-08-21 00:57

      Fat wives and a Zumaville flop

  • frans.vanderpoll - 2012-08-20 22:09

    What about Zumaville?

      patsy.smith.125 - 2012-08-22 12:44

      Zumaville is a delusion thought up by power-hungry, greedy, overfed, and, justfiably, frightened people. If I'd screwed the country like a lot of our politicians have, I'd be frightened to death, and also have numerous security guards watching my back.

  • eon.rareearth - 2012-08-20 22:12

    Come on everyone, for the quality leadership and good clean, efficient governance we are getting in return, R 500 Million is far too little and a song at the price.

      Don.Tandy - 2012-08-20 23:21

      I love your sarcasm!

  • stanton.clarke - 2012-08-20 22:17

    Is this really necessary? Are all the poor ANC voters reading this? People, please print and distribute to the masses who dont have internet access, especially those still living in shacks today!

      Desilusionada - 2012-08-20 22:31

      Problem is they also do not want to learn to read............

  • Peter - 2012-08-20 22:30

    the whole world is laughing at S.A. The president is just a BIG JOKE. \r\nWhen will the South Africans people wake up?

      wilhelm.snyman.1 - 2012-08-21 09:08

      wake up? You're optimistic...

  • Peter - 2012-08-20 22:30

    the whole world is laughing at S.A. The president is just a BIG JOKE. \r\nWhen will the South Africans people wake up?

      devon.riley.52 - 2012-08-21 01:01

      we dont have a president

  • joe.peters.56 - 2012-08-20 23:15

    Vote DA

      morama.sebata - 2012-08-22 10:40

      What?no way joe....we still have Azapo and PAC before we can consider what you are referring to here!!!

  • Don.Tandy - 2012-08-20 23:17

    And the twit is not even worth 25c.

      erica.pienaar.7 - 2012-08-21 11:02

      This is hilarious.... I wonder if this clown sees himself as all the rest of us do. who said O would ye the gift to gee us and see ourselves as others see us. was it Robert Browning??? good question all the same.

  • goodman.segage - 2012-08-20 23:23

    Cheap and bad analysis based on political bais. Zuma declared one wife to for maintenance the other 5 are from his personal contribution. Analysits are the enemy to individual, you got it all wrong sir. You also are eating our tax money, hiding business interests. Leave the president alone! Go to all south african roads you will see construction taking place, and monitor those roads please!

      Don.Tandy - 2012-08-20 23:27

      Don't confuse construction with filling potholes.

      rontheogre - 2012-08-21 00:35

      Try again,Goodman.Official budget released for transport allowance for 2012/13 for Zuma's wives is R700 000.According to the Presidency, the budget for the presidential spousal support office was R15.5-million in the 2009/10 financial year.In the words of Collin Chabane,"The state provides all reasonable administrative, logistical and other support to the spouses to enable them to meet these responsibilities in a manner that permits them actively to pursue their own careers and interests if they so desire. The state also may provide reasonable logistical support to the spouses to assist with the day-to-day logistical arrangements of dependent school- going children in the household".

      africa.tshipembe - 2012-08-21 05:35

      goodman,you are clueless,bean head costs us way more than that!!

      cyberdog.breath - 2012-08-21 06:56

      YEah, and most of the said construction is paid through toll gates... So the question remains, where has the road tax money gone to ?

      tim.elliott.1238 - 2012-08-21 13:47

      Goodman Your eyes are obviously closed!The roads in many areas are shocking!If you believe that Zuma is a good President and should be left alone that's your prerogative.History will,however,judge him harshly and he will go down on record as the leader on watch when the ANC collapsed.Only time...!!!

      Jane - 2012-08-22 08:43

      Goodman, I am glad that you dont mind letting your tax money go to supporting your beloved presidents extravagant lifestyle (thats if you actually have a job and pay tax) Do you drive a fancy car? Do you have top class medical aid. Do you have a pension that will pay out millions when you are too old to work. And do you have enough money to send all your children / future children to private schools and top universities. If your answer is no, then why are you so dumb as to give your money away to someone else who will spend it for just that.

      sheralee.jones - 2012-08-22 09:16

      And guess who will continue to pay for this president and his many wives after he leaves power for the rest of their lives.....

      patsy.smith.125 - 2012-08-22 12:46

      Where are these road paid for by the government? The ones leading to Zumaville?

  • mantsho.tlali - 2012-08-20 23:52

    The Spear of the Nation, as they say.l just feel sorry for the poor.

      sheralee.jones - 2012-08-22 09:17

      Would those be the people who voted for him?

  • Ditantane - 2012-08-21 00:20

    i disagree, what about New York, 5 more wives, family tenders, a new plane, a new department for his friends? After all this it will be R500million every year but thanks to mangaung he will be in prison in the next five years.

      Gerda Malherbe - 2012-08-21 05:52

      We pray that you are right

  • roland.clarence - 2012-08-21 03:32

    What's new,they are the majority and they do as they please.The international world wanted them in power,not the minority...

      africa.tshipembe - 2012-08-21 05:41

      im one of "them" and im certainly not doing as i please.what are you on about?

      wesley.bischoff - 2012-08-21 09:16

      You are a moron Roland. Do not generalise and make out as if all black people are bad, liars, or thieves.

  • Gerald Jordaan - 2012-08-21 04:55

    not bad for a sheep herder cum security guard!! Not too long now and he will be doing time albeit short given his connections !!

  • stephen.king.900 - 2012-08-21 05:00

    Time to stop the supply of funds to these theives.Withhold our taxes

  • carl.lutzer.3 - 2012-08-21 05:55

    Boggles the mind ... no end to their stupidity and wasting of tax money

  • empanza - 2012-08-21 06:03

    Perhaps you should've provided us with inflation-adjusted figures of past SA presidents. And if possible costs of the other countries. I hate biased articles. To the average person it seems like a lot of money, while it may not be for a President.

      vivian.harris.73 - 2012-08-21 06:42

      Past presidents never took over a government and promised their people a better future. 18 yrs of promises and the president is living large while the people that voted for him suffer. Open ur damn eyes and stop looking back at the past.

      handy.andy.773 - 2012-08-21 08:35

      @empanza - I doubt that there is a another democracy on earth where the people are paying for the president to have 5 wifes. But then again, we are not a real democracy - we are a racesocracy where we vote based on race and not on the ability of the goverment to to do what they are supposed to - govern.

  • africa.tshipembe - 2012-08-21 06:07

    & guess what,some 5000 equally wasteful,corrupt and incompetent cadres are going to re-elect him in mangaung and then later on some millions of highly un-informed sheep will vote for him again to continue screwing the rest of us.and with the state of our education,the uninformed will always be the majority and no prices for guessing where their votes will go,,jaa neh!!!

  • nicola.killops - 2012-08-21 06:15

    Who the hell has medical aid that costs 6.5 million over 5 years. Not even the best plan on the top rated scheme would anywhere near that!!!! Does he have a live in medical team???

      handy.andy.773 - 2012-08-21 08:36

      @Nicola - someone with wife wifes and 20 children that has a very high risk HIV profile!

  • JohncarlosBiza - 2012-08-21 06:36

    What will it take for voters to get angry and demand change?! How much are they willing to let the ANC get away with?!!!

  • maseratifittipaldi - 2012-08-21 06:46

    Our president can't sleep, thinking of all the poor people in the country. Thinking : If these peasants do not have any money, how can I increase my allowances? They must work more. They are not allowed to sleep.

  • danny.levin.351 - 2012-08-21 07:03

    Print it on posters and put them up at Marikana, so the idiots that vote for the cANCer can see that...

  • anthony.kay.965 - 2012-08-21 07:03

    Wow, 500m. The miners are looking for a proper salary and are getting killed for it, while the plundering of the country is done by the first family.

  • vivian.harris.73 - 2012-08-21 07:09

    A useless president and government with all that money and people are being killed striking for a better wage....but they will still vote ANC at the end of the day. So sad.

  • niel.phillips.7 - 2012-08-21 07:15

    lot of money for someone so useless

  • Goboza Mashaba - 2012-08-21 07:18

    This is democracy! at least every moron can have access to the presidential budget. At least we know where the money goes other than few years ago when our tax monies were budgeted for sinister secret military support to kill and destroy black people. If we compare this abount to other countries, its not even half Obama's and Queen Elizabeth's yearly budget and yet we want to be recognised as a third world country.

      patrick.mettle.7 - 2012-08-21 07:44

      Oh wow really? There are more millionaires in Gov today in just 18 years than there have ever been in the history of SA. Wonder how that has happened? Oh yes, the entitlement to the tax payers money and what's the word I am looking for, CORRUPTION, to ensure they enrich themselves as quickly as possible before the masses wake up and smell the coffee. YOUR taxes now are being used for the fat cats but your hatred for whites makes you blind to the fact that your future is being raped by the people you vote into power. Wake up moron!

      bob.mcmillen.564 - 2012-08-21 08:36

      Mashaba, you are another brain washed fool, you believe the lies that your government spew to you, do you know the salary of the Prime Minister of Australia, when I was there 2 years ago it was AUD 200,000.00 per annum, that equates to roughly R 1.7 million, for that the leader of the government actually achieves something, not wanders around wondering where they can screw the tax payer and pocket the money.

      handy.andy.773 - 2012-08-21 08:47

      @Goboza - you leave me speachless. Thats it? That your excuse? "you did so I am also going to do it". How old are you, 5? Wow, is this what people struggled for?

      johan.maree.5036 - 2012-08-21 12:14

      Everything you said is absolute BS, but I had to read the last past twice..."and yet we want to be recognised as a third world country." LOL- dumb ass, we WANT to be a first world country, we unfortunately ARE a third world country. Eish, shaking my head...

  • robin.stobbs.9 - 2012-08-21 07:32

    About time he started to show us he deserves this over-the-top package.

  • sisie.indola - 2012-08-21 07:33

    Not bad for an uneducated bumbling idiot. I can see him now sitting with his harem around him in years to come telling them the story of how he went from an uneducated herd boy to king of his own fiefdom, and how the riches just kept on coming because all the people "loved" him. I am sure that King Goodwill will not be too happy to share his kingdom with this toad. I see a book in the making.

      wesley.bischoff - 2012-08-21 09:26

      Goodwill is a sh*thead too. He gets R60 million a year!!!! He doesn't want gays to be part of the constitution, yet he will gladly take our tax money. Zuma gets R500 million every 5 years, Goodsh*t gets R300 million every 5 years

  • klasgoran.olsson - 2012-08-21 07:37

    Hi. I am an outider but have visited South Africa many times during the last 10 years. It i a country I love and I hve got many friends from different race groups. Some living in cities and some in rural areas. I have had contacts with some NGO:s. They do a great job thanks to committed people who abstand from wages and other benefits. Often when visiting NGO:s they ask if I know any founders, abroad. From one perspective I understand their request on another it makes me dissapointed. Why? Because South Africa is not a poor country. It is a rich country there rich people live in abundance and can go on doing so because the redistribution of wealth is so poor. As long as outside organisations send money to NGO:s there, Zuma and other can go on with their life and pretend they benefit the people. while ago Mr president celbrated his birth day. It was big events at at least four different expensive venues all over the country...It costed losts. Now we read about other costs accoding to travelling.....I just can sigh and wonder, when will the justice triumph, when will money be spent to create an equal society, That can South AFrica afford.

      wesley.bischoff - 2012-08-21 09:29

      And that is a foreigners opinion...

      klasgoran.olsson - 2012-08-21 09:51

      Yes Wesley it is...A foreigner that many times been asked about funding from NGO:s. I am friendly in my mind according to South Africa, but I have eyes and ears and have been around a lot in SA. Have friends in different groups of people so I think I have a good viewpoint...And for sure I don´t want to be rude.

  • douglas.reid.921 - 2012-08-21 07:40

    with beggars at every traffic light I would be ashamed to be Zuma

  • eyesears.handsfeet - 2012-08-21 07:42

    And the point of this article is? Everyone knows by now that the president is not an angel, neither are the DA or any other party for that matter. Once they smell money they are all like a pack of wolves. No difference between them. Will the real leaders who actually cares about the people and can actually pull SA through, please stand up! The clowns we have today is more than a disgrace and untrustworthy lot. A vote of NO-CONFIDENCE in all of them!

      bob.mcmillen.564 - 2012-08-21 08:40

      The DA have not proven to be corrupt at all, until the majority wake up and see that it would be healthy for SA to have a true opposition party to vote for, there will be no end to the corruption, competition keeps them on their toes and ensures they actually fulfill their promises otherwise thay get voted out, it really is that simple.

      wesley.bischoff - 2012-08-21 09:31

      Some people think its a white party that is out to get apartheid instated again. They cannot see past their own ignorance.

  • Visko - 2012-08-21 07:45

    Banana Republic.

      wilhelm.snyman.1 - 2012-08-21 09:09


  • lulama.mbelwa - 2012-08-21 07:48

    Wow am so speechless right now !!

  • buwaz - 2012-08-21 07:52

    Poor plus poor is equal to poorest.

  • evan.connock - 2012-08-21 07:53

    Not even Bill Gates and other captains of industry spend that much on themselves, and Zuma ain't no Bill Gates. This guy is a financial liability.

  • jacques.stander - 2012-08-21 07:57

    Who said you have to get a university degree(or matrix) to make lots of money??

  • Shelley Ma - 2012-08-21 08:00

    The only word that can explain my reaction to this piece of news is ---> :O

  • George - 2012-08-21 08:28

    Not if South Africans vote ANC out and DA in. He can then stand the belated trial for alleged corruption and then perhaps sit in jail at a far lesser cost to the tax payer. How's that for a plan?

      bob.mcmillen.564 - 2012-08-21 08:42

      I like it George, I don't mind some of my tax going to pay for his morning porridge.

  • godwin.symons - 2012-08-21 08:31

    We did get to see a picture of his tool before it was covered by red paint. Not too shabby for size!

  • komorison - 2012-08-21 08:51

    I feel nauseous. That's a whole lot of dough for one person! Justified?

  • craig.drysdale.96 - 2012-08-21 08:59

    Theyv all steel. It's in their make-up.

  • bond.ndalo - 2012-08-21 09:16

    Shame on you Mr President.

  • robert.m.farlane - 2012-08-21 09:57

    If he makes a packet of maggi two minute noodles he earns nearly R500, while waiting for the water to boil...