Despite SA economic downturn, Politicians still take home millions

Despite the economic downturn South African politicians still earn huge sums, living the luxury lifestyle.

Ramaphosa’s yearly pay of R3.4 million is actually one of the highest annual salaries of all world leaders. In October, Cyril topped a chart of presidents who earned the more than the average wage of their country’s citizens. He makes approximately 19 times the national average salary.

The official salaries for all South African MPs have been released via the Government Gazette on Thursday, and it makes for compelling reading. Put it this way, you won’t see our politicians sweating in that last week before payday.

There are no increases for those in the cabinet, nor is there a Christmas bonus for those who only stand in their capacity as an MP. However, members of the provincial legislature are in line for a 2.5% rise, as are those who hold the following positions:

House Chairperson, Chief Whip of the Majority Party, Leader of the Opposition and Whips, to Members of the National Assembly and permanent delegates to the National Council of Provinces.

Cyril Ramaphosa’s annual salary is more than R500 000 above his the joint-second best-paid politician, Deputy President David Mabuza. House Speaker Baleka Mbete racks up just as much as Mabuza, bringing home R2.825 million a year – understandable, given what she has to deal with.

President Cyril Ramaphosa: R3.4 million
Deputy President David Mabuza: R2.825 million
House Speaker Baleka Mbete: R.2.825 million
Cabinet Ministers: 2.4 million
Provincial Premiers: 2.26 million
Deputy Cabinet Ministers: R1.97 million
Ruling Party Chief Whip Jackson Mthembu: R1.6 million
Leader of the Opposition Mmusi Maimane: R1.6 million
Committee Chairpersons: R1.45 million
Leader of a Minority Party (Julius Malema, for example): R1.3 million
Chief Whip of the Majority Opposition John Steenhuisen: R1.3 million
MPs without any other official standing: R1.1 million

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