Zuma gives 7% pay rise to ministers

PRESIDENT Jacob Zuma has implemented a 7percent salary increase across the board for all public office bearers, the Presidency said yesterday.

PRESIDENT Jacob Zuma has implemented a 7percent salary increase across the board for all public office bearers, the Presidency said yesterday.

"In light of the current economic situation, and the pressure on government finances, I have decided to adjust downwards the percentage recommended by the commission," Zuma said.

Earlier yesterday the Independent Commission for the Remuneration of Public Office Bearers told the media it felt an 8percent increase was fair.

"We appreciate the considerations applied by the commission in determining the 2009/2010 remuneration for public office bearers," said Zuma.

The commission makes annual recommendations relating to the salaries, benefits and allowances, and to the resources required by public office bearers to enable them to perform their duties.

Zuma commended the commission for its thorough approach to its work and reiterated the importance of its independence.

The salary adjustment is backdated to April 1.

The commission had considered responses and consultations from cabinet ministers and the chief justice, its chairperson Judge Willie Seriti said in Pretoria yesterday.

Seriti said the 8percent proposal was supported by all ministers except Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan.

"He did not support it, but I cannot speculate and tell you why not," said Seriti.

Currently Zuma receives an annual salary of R2,2million, Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe is paid R1,8million a year, ministers are paid R1,6million and deputy ministers receive R1,3million.

Seriti said factors taken into account in making the recommendation included the link between labour costs and inflation, the economic downturn, the slow revenue growth and contracted gross domestic product, and a decline in revenue collection. - Sapa

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