No salary hikes for SA ministers

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Colleta Dewa

Johannesburg - South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced that most of his government officials will not get an annual salary increment at a time when the economy is experiencing hardships.

The president said there will be no salary increase for the deputy president, ministers, deputy ministers, the speaker of the National Assembly, the chairperson of the National Council of Provinces, the deputy speaker of the National Assembly and the deputy chairperson of the National Council of Provinces.

His office said the decision reversed the 4 % increase across all categories of public office bearers that had been set by the Independent Commission on the Remuneration of Public Office Bearers.

“President Ramaphosa’s decision not to follow the Commission’s recommendations is informed by the imperative that the state be considerate, responsive and demonstrate restraint, especially during periods of economic hardship, when determining the level of salary increases for public representatives,” said President Ramaphosa’s office.

He further said salaries and allowances of the Constitutional Court judges and judges of other courts will increase by 2.5 % with effect of 1 April 2019 while members of parliament will also get a 2.5% increase.

“With regard to members of parliament, a 2.5% increase will apply to categories ranging from house chairperson, chief whip: majority party, leader of the opposition and whips, to members of the National Assembly and permanent delegates to the National Council of Provinces,” added his office.

Magistrates will benefit from a 4% salary adjustment, as will office bearers of both national and provincial houses of traditional leaders.

Kings and queens will be eligible for a 2.5% increase while senior traditional leaders and headmen and women will receive a 4% salary increase.

The president acknowledged the Independent Commission on the Remuneration of Public Office Bearers and National Treasury for their guidance in taking the final decision in the matter.

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