The increase in salaries of public office bearers has been approved and President Jacob Zuma’s new salary is more than R2.7 million annually.
The Independent Commission for the Remuneration of Public Office Bearers has made its recommendation on public sector salaries.
Public office bearers earning more than R1m will receive a five percent increase and officer bearers earning less than R1m will receive six percent from April 1, 2014.
This meant that Zuma would receive about R100,000 in back payments as his salary increased from R2.62m to R2.75m.
Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa’s salary would increase from R2.47m to R2.6m, while ministers would receive R2.21m from R2.1m and the salaries of deputy ministers would increase from R1.73m to R1.82m.
The Speaker of National Parliament, Baleka Mbete, and Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng’s salaries would increase from R2.47m to R2.6m.
Member of Parliament’s salaries would increase from R933,852 to R989,883 while premiers’ salaries would increase from R1.98mn to R2.08 m. Mayors would receive R1.15m, up from R1.09m.
Constitutional Court judges and Supreme Court of Appeal judges would receive R2.08m, up from R1.98m.
A judge in the high court and labour court would receive R1.69m, up from R1.61m while magistrates would receive R788,155, up from R743,542.
Traditional kings would receive R1.07m, from R1.02m.