A DA parliamentary question has exposed that Tshwane metro municipal manager, Jason Ngobeni earns more than daddy Zuma. Ngobeni is the most paid civil Servant in South Africa.
With the Tshwane metro municipal manager earning R3 million annual salary, Ngobeni is clearly earning more than Mr President, deputy president and cabinet ministers.
Ngobeni came to office in 2011. BuzzSouthAfrica gathered that he was earning more than the president then. Reporting this, Sowetan Live related that officials justified Ngobeni salary package saying it’s necessary to secure and retain him in the position.
While President Zuma earns slightly above R2.8 million annually, the cabinet ministers bag R2.3 million. Whereas, the provincial premiers earn about R2.1-million.
The DA parliamentary question raised by Nomsa Marchesi made the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) issue a publication which highlighted the 2014/15 salaries of almost all of the country’s municipal managers.
Cogta’s response revealed that municipal manager of Gauteng local municipality Emfuleni‚ Yunus Chamda‚ is earning R2.4-million annually. His pay is the highest a local municipal manager is earning in the country.
Meanwhile, the auditor-general expressed concern about the municipality’s financial instability in its last annual report.
The document also revealed the salaries of other metro municipal managers across South Africa.
For instance, Johannesburg municipal manager annually earns R2.6 million. Buffalo City municipal manager gets R1.9 million, whereas Ekhuruleni takes R2.8 million.
The eThekwini and Mangaung municipal managers pocket around R2.4 million each. And that of the City of Cape Town gets about R2.2 million.
Also, some municipal managers were paid performance bonuses. Sedibeng and Fezile Dabi district municipalities respectively paid R233 000 and R254 000 to their municipal managers in this regard.
Cogta Minister Des van Rooyen said he can’t avail the amounts earned by municipal managers in the Eastern Cape and Mpumalanga. This is so because the municipalities are yet to submitted their pay records.