How much you pay to keep Jacob Zuma happy

The Independent Commission for the Remuneration of Public Office Bearers has recommended a 5% increase on remuneration for President Jacob Zuma for the 2015/16 financial year.

This will see the country’s leader receive an additional R100,000 annually, taking his salary from R2.75 million to R2.89 million, if approved.

Zuma’s salary is the not the only expense South African tax payers have to fork out for to keep the president comfortable, though.

Here’s how much is spent on President Zuma each year, based on available information.

What taxpayers spend on Zuma

Salary – If the latest increase is approved, Zuma will take home R2.89 million in the next financial year.

Spousal support – Three of Zuma’s wives are supported, which reportedly cost R54.6 million during his first terms in office.

Residential maintenance – More than R3 million was spent to maintain Zuma’s residential homes in the 2014/15 financial year.

Official vehicles – Regulations set the amount at 70% of the annual salary and allow for two cars.

Nkandla – Over R200 million has been spent on the security upgrades to Zuma’s Nkandla homestead.

VIP protection, travel allowances, and hotel accommodation – figures not available.

Information sourced from RDM and News24 wire services.

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