We are aware of the current economic situation of our country South Africa and how the finance Minister Pravin Gordhan continuously calls for less spending of tax payers money, as we keep that in mind, it is quite important we take a look at how much SA MPs earn.
For the 2015/16 financial year, the Independent Commission for the Remuneration of Public Office Bearers recommended salary increases of between 5-8% for public office bearers.
The commission recommended a salary increase of 5% for ministers and deputy ministers. President Zuma increased cabinet ministers’ salaries by 4.4% (R97,325) from R2,211,937 to R2,309,262. This increase will be backdated to 1 April 2015.
On this note, the highest-paid members of Parliament are National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete and her counterpart in the National Council of Provinces (NCOP)‚ Thandi Modise‚ who each earned a whopping sum of R2‚716‚798 a year as of April 1 2015‚ according to the government gazette.
Their salaries‚ which averages out to R226‚400 a month according to Africa Check‚ are the same as that of Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa.
On the same hand, Cabinet ministers are paid R2‚309‚262 a year‚ approximately R192‚439 a month, a sum not too bad for some of the SA MPs like the EFF who seem to have assumed the role of Parliament’s nap prefects after one of their MPs accused the minister of international relations, Maite Nkoana Mashabane, of falling asleep during a debate in April on whether President Jacob Zuma should be impeached.
The on the list of highest paid of highest-paid MP is the deputy speaker of the national assembly, Lechesa Tsenoli‚ who earns R1‚901‚726 a year (R158‚477 a month)‚ which is the same as a deputy cabinet minister.
After Tsenoli comes a group of senior MPs – the chief whip of the majority party‚ the chief whip of the NCOP‚ and the parliamentary council president and deputy president – who earn R1‚494‚192 a year. Democratic Alliance(DA)’s leader Mmusi Maimane is also among this group with a monthly average worked out at R124‚516.
This fact was made known by Africa Check who sent a number of emails and made multiple phone calls to the office of the parliamentary spokesperson to find out what benefits SA MPs receive over and above the annual remuneration listed in the government gazette, but parliament has yet to respond.
Here is the List of who is Earning what at a Glance:
- Julius Malema (EFF leader) — R101‚885 a month
- Baleka Mbete (Speaker) — R226‚400 a month
- Cyril Ramaphosa (Deputy President) — R226‚400 a month
- Mmusi Maimane (DA leader) — R124‚516 a month
- Cabinet ministers — R192‚439 a month
- Deputy Cabinet ministers — R158‚477 a month
- Average MP — R86‚120