Cape Town – The Independent Commission on the Remuneration of Public Office Bearers has recommended a more than R100 000 increase for President Jacob Zuma for the 2015/16 year.
This will take his salary to almost R3m, which the taxpayer pays. And this is over and above the benefits he receives, courtesy of the taxpaper, which include:
Spousal support for three of his wives. Last year it was reported that R54.6m was spent on Zuma’s wives during his first term in office. This was the total spent between the 2009/10 and 2013/14 financial years by the spousal support unit;
VIP Protection: figures unknown;
Accommodation, both official and hotels. The Ministerial Handbook allows for members of the executive to stay rent free at official residences. And, so far, more than R200m has been spent on the security upgrades to Zuma’s Nkandla homestead, a figure that has raised the ire of opposition parties;
Official vehicles: Regulations set the amount at 70% of one’s annual salary and allow for two cars, one in Cape Town and one in Pretoria;
Travel allowances: members of the executive and accompanying spouses are entitled to an allowance “equal to 110% of the daily allowance payable to directors general during visits abroad”.