In 2014, the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) party calculated an average of R720 million per year that South Africa’s ministers and deputy ministers would cost taxpayers. The DA, official opposition party, suggested we do away with deputy minister positions to save more money. President Zuma’s cabinet has been described as waste of money for years now, here’s why:
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.
Zuma increased the cabinet minister’s salaries by 4.4% (R97 325) from R2,211,937 to R2,309,262. This increase apply to deputy ministers as well, from R1,821,577 to R1,901,726.
President & Deputy President:
Jacob Zuma and his deputy president, Cyril Ramaphosa received a 5% increase in salary going from R2,602,297 to R2,716,798. The president doesn’t have much say in his salary, he’s put this number in front of parliament which voted for to increase Zuma’s salary.
The overall total of all the cabinet salaries comes to R160 million per month of taxpayers money.
The following are what is called the benefits and privileges that goes with being a member of the cabinet.
Members of the cabinet receive an allowance of 25% of their salaries towards a private vehicle, its running and maintenance. This allows them to but very expensive cars like the sporty Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe or an Audi S3 cabriolet or a Land Rover Range Rover Evoque.
Members are allowed to buy one car for official use in both pretoria and capetown.
Cabinet members live free of charge in one state owned residence in the capital of their choice. The state also pays for the domestic worker to clean cabinet member’s official and private houses.
Cabinet members and their spouse or family can book a first class tickets for official international tickets. They’re also entitled to 30 single business class flights per year within South Africa.