Politicians, judges to get 11% pay hike

The Independent Commission for the Remuneration of Public Office Bearers has recommended a general increase in salary, allowances and benefits of 11%, effective from April 1 2008 for all public office bearers.

In terms of this, President Kgalema Motlanthe’s total package will increase to R2 107 224 a year, that of Deputy President Baleka Mbete to R1 896 546, Cabinet ministers to R1 612 053, and deputy ministers R1 327 560 a year.

The leader of the opposition will get R1 043 067 and ordinary MPs will receive R714 618 a year.

The premiers of the nine provinces will receive R1 517 259, provincial ministers R1 327 560 and members of the provincial legislature R691 641 a year.

The commission recommended a total salary package of R840 159 a year for executive mayors and mayors, R680 985 for deputy mayors and R322 899 for councillors.

Full-time traditional leaders can expect total remuneration ranging from R786 080 (kings) to R144 189 (senior traditional leaders) a year.

The commission also recommended a total package of R1 896 546 a year for the chief justice, R1 706 847 for the deputy chief justice and president of the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA), while Constitutional Court and SCA Judges will get R1 517 259.

It recommended that high court judge presidents receive R1 422 465 a year, their deputies R1 327 560, and judges R1 232 766.

A special grade chief magistrate, regional court president and divorce court president will get R853 479 a year, and a regional magistrate, chief magistrate and divorce court presiding officer R758 574.

The recommendation for senior magistrates is R625 818 a year and for magistrates R568 986.—Sapa

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