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The proposed salaries for Mabuza, Steenhuisen, Malema and other South African politicians this year

The Independent Commission for the Remuneration of Public Office Bearers has gazetted its recommended salary increases for South Africa’s government officials in 2022.

The commission is mandated to make annual recommendations relating to the salaries, allowances, benefits, and other resources required by some public office bearers to enable them to perform their respective duties effectively.

The recommendations are based on consultations with the minister of finance, the minister of Justice, the chief justice, the lower courts remuneration committee, and the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs.

The commission said it considered the submissions received from various stakeholders relating to the salaries, allowances and benefits of public office bearers. It further considered the fiscal condition of the state considering the Covid pandemic, the state’s wage bill, and how an increase would impact the fiscus.

Among the proposed salaries is an increase for Deputy President David Mabuza, who would take home R2.91 million if the proposal is confirmed.

The commission also proposes an increase for leaders of the opposition parties in Parliament. John Steenhuisen, as the official opposition would take home R1.64 million, while EFF leader Julius Malema and other leaders of minority parties will score R1.38 million.

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It should be noted that these salary increases are not final and will need to be confirmed by the president. Parliament is responsible for approving Ramaphosa’s salary as president.

In 2020, Ramaphosa, the deputy president, and some members of the cabinet said they would take a 33% pay cut for three months as part of a contribution to South Africa’s fight against the coronavirus, donating the money to the country’s Solidarity Fund. The president also opted to freeze wages in both 2020 and 2021 due to the impact of the Covid pandemic.

The proposed salaries are outlined in more detail below.

Deputy president, Ministers and Deputy Ministers

Position Proposed salary
Deputy President R2 910 234
Minister R2 473 682
Deputy Minister R2 037 129

Members of the National Assembly and Delegates to the National Council of Provinces

Position Proposed salary
Speaker: National Assembly R2 910 234
Chairperson: NCOP R2 910 234
Deputy Speaker: National Assembly R2 037 129
Deputy Chairperson: NCOP R2 037 129
House Chairperson R1 938 963
Chief Whip: Majority Party R1 648 481
Chief Whip: NCOP R1 648 481
Parliamentary Counsellor: President R1 648 481
Parliamentary Counsellor: Deputy President R1 648 481
Leader of Opposition R1 648 481
Chairperson of a Committee R1 540 628
Deputy Chief Whip: Majority Party R1 386 619
Chief Whip: Largest Minority Party R1 386 619
Leader of a Minority Party R1 386 619
Whip R1 286 713
Member: National Assembly R1 172 071
Permanent Delegate: NCOP R1 172 071

Premiers, Executive Councils and Provincial Legislatures

Position Proposed salary
Premier R2 328 221
Member of Executive Council R2 037 129
Speaker R2 037 129
Deputy Speaker R1 648 481
Chief Whip: Majority Party R1 540 628
Chairperson of Committees R1 386 622
Leader of Opposition R1 386 622
Chairperson of a Committee R1 386 622
Deputy Chairperson of Committees R1 304 564
Deputy Chief Whip: Majority Party R1 304 564
Chief Whip: Largest Minority Party R1 304 564
Leader of a Minority Party R1 304 564
Parliamentary Counsellor to a King/Queen R1 172 071
Whip R1 172 071
Member of Provincial Legislature R1 134 388

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