Whopping salaries close state wage gap

Eric Naki

Eric Naki

The Moseneke Commission has moved to close the gap between the salaries of the executive and the legislative and judicial arms of the state.

The increases are inflation- linked at 11 percent and will be backdated to April 1.

Commission chairman Judge Dikgang Moseneke told journalists in Pretoria yesterday that his commission recommended that the deputy president, speaker of the national assembly, NCOP chairman and chief justice earn R1,89 million a year each.

Before the change executive members were paid more than members of the legislature and judiciary.

The president's pay goes up to R2,1million, while the deputy chief justice will get R1,7 million.

A minister will earn R1,6million, deputy ministers R1,32million, a premier R1,51million, and an MEC and speaker of the provincial legislature R1,3million.

An executive mayor will get R840159, council speakers and deputy mayors R680985 each and a councillor R322899.

A king will receive R786080, the chairman of the national house of traditional leaders R556998 and chairman of the provincial house R458763.

A senior traditional leader will be offered R144189.

MPs and MPLs who serve a period of five years or less will not be entitled to a pension. But they will get a once-off termination payment . Those with more than five years or whose term of office had ended will be entitled to a once-off gratuity .

Parliamentary allowances will be upped to R120000 a year for MPs and MPLs.

President Kgalema Motlanthe and the speaker have to approve the adjustments.