How much President Zuma is really costing you

The Independent Commission for the Remuneration of Public Office Bearers has recommended a 5% salary increase for President Jacob Zuma, which will bump up his annual pay from R2.75 million to R2.89 million.

However, Zuma’s salary is only a small part of the overall cost of the president to South African taxpayers.

Zuma has numerous wives, and according to Times Live spousal support costs around R10.9 million each year.

Private vehicles expenses for the president also run into millions, while accommodation and VIP protection costs the taxpayer tens of millions of rand.

The biggest expense is flights. According to reports, flying the president locally and around the world costs R61 million annually.

And then there are the presidential residences, including the security upgrades to Nkandla.

The infographic below provides an overview of the cost of the president to South African taxpayers.

It should be noted that some figures are based on media reports, as official figures were not available.

President Jacob Zuma - Cost to the taxpayers

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