Public office bearers might get 8% salary increase

Thursday, November 12, 2009
By: 
Chris Bathembu

Pretoria - The Independent Commission for the Remuneration of Public Office Bearers has recommended an 8 percent salary increase for political public office bearers.

Under the new recommended adjustment, President Jacob Zuma's salary may jump from R2 107 224 to R2 275 802 per annum. His Deputy, Kgalema Motlanthe, could earn R2 048 270 while ministers may get R1 741 017 and their deputies R1 433, 765.

The commission said the new salaries would be backdated from 1 April.

Also under the new recommended salary structure, members of the National Assembly may get R771 787 while the Speaker's salary could stand at R2 048 270.

The commission's Chairperson Willie Seriti told reporters on Thursday that wider consultations have been made on arriving on the recommended adjustment. He emphasised that these were just recommendations and the President will decide on the final adjustment.

"We are of the view that the recommendations made last year were fair and equitable and all we have to do was to recommend an adjustment," Seriti said.

The commission is a statutory body obliged by the Constitution to make annual recommendations relating to salaries, benefits and allowances required by public office bearers to enable them to perform their respective duties effectively.

Before it can arrive at its recommendations, the commission considers, among other issues, a link between labour costs and inflation and month on month CPIX figures.

Under the new recorded salary structure, Premiers are to be paid R1 638 640, MECs R1 433 765, Provincial Speakers R1 433 765 and Deputy Speakers R1 126 512.