President Jacob Zuma has been under fire lately, with numerous individuals and organisations across the nation calling for him to step down from power.
The President’s reputation is in tatters with citizen confidence in him at all-time low. Despite this, the President received a pay hike which kicked in on 1 April 2016. President Zuma’s salary increase 2016 was approved by the National Assembly, with 172 Members of Parliament voting in favour of the increase.
President Zuma’s reputation has taken a palpable knock in the last two years, so it’s not too surprising that many South Africans didn’t favour his salary increase.
Opposition parties in Parliament were quite vocal about the decision.
DA Chief Whip John Steenhuisen said that Zuma did not deserve an increase as he was presiding over an ailing economy.
“The truth of the matter is that with Nkandla the President of the Republic of South Africa drove over us with a bus; in December last year, he put the bus in reverse and reversed over all of us including his own ANC caucus…he then crashes the bus and comes cap in hand to the taxpayers of South Africa and says ‘I’ve done a great job, give me a raise,’’” said Steenhuisen.
What President Zuma’s salary increase 2016 means is that he will be paid R7863 per day.
How the process works:
The Independent Commission for the Remuneration of Public Office Bearers recommended a 5% salary increase. This was then debated in Parliament and then submitted to a vote.
172 Members of Parliament voted in favour of R2 874 851 per annum, which is R16 522 lower than the commission’s recommendation of R2 891 373.
Data published in 2015 by media house Africa Review, found that President Zuma was the third-highest paid leader on the African continent.
President Zuma was out of the country when his salary increase was discussed.