SA Highest Paid Public Official Reveals Why He Resigned


Many people are yet to buy the idea that Jason Ngobeni is not seriously hunting for a new job in the National Treasury after he was caught making frequent visits to the department.

Ngobeni, believed to be the highest-paid public official in the country, shocked everyone after he presided over the swearing-in ceremony of councilors and election of Katlego Rachel Mathebe as the new speaker of the council when he  announced he would be resigning – just days before the expiration of his contract.

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Although he refused to come out clean on why he decided to resign, the public official disclosed that he decided to use the medium to announce his resignation, so that the incoming mayor Solly Msimanga could have time to hunt for his predecessor.

In his farewell address, he noted that: “The contribution that my team has made to the city will make the task of the incoming administration much easier. It was befitting to resign at that moment. I had a couple of days left to serve; which was going to be highly insignificant.”

Plans are currently underway to find Tshwane’s new city manager.

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Meanwhile, the former city manager has refuted claims that he was hunting for a job in the National Treasury. This comes after he was caught in the department severally.

He said:

“I am still in the market looking for a job. As soon as I’m employed; I’ll make sure it is public knowledge.”

Jason Ngobeni Earns More Than Zuma

In July, it emanated from a DA Parliamentary that Jason Ngobeni is the highest paid public official, earning more than daddy Zuma, deputy president and cabinet ministers.

Reports had it that the former municipal manager was earning R3 million annual salary before his resignation, while President Zuma earns slightly above R2.8 million annually, and cabinet ministers go home with R2.3 million. Whereas, the provincial premiers earn about R2.1-million.