Zuma is five times more expensive than Obama

2012-07-29 10:00
Suné Kitshoff
South Africa is not only beating Britain in rugby and cricket.

Our head of state is now also top in the salary stakes.

After the latest 5.5% increase, President Jacob Zuma’s annual salary is now R2 622 561.

British Prime Minister David Cameron takes home only R1 843 884 annually.

French President François Hollande, whose salary was recently cut by 30%, earns just R1.8 million per year.

However, Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga can look down on Zuma and the others.

His salary of R3 544 932 is even higher than that of US President Barack Obama, who earns R3 322 080 per year.

However, Obama leads a much bigger population, so per head he actually costs his people five times less than Zuma costs us.

Local Cabinet ministers are also better off than their peers. A South African minister earns R2 006 292, a British minister gets R1 747 340 and a French one R1.2 million per year.

South African MPs now earn R889 383, British MPs get up to R844 032 and French MPs about R780 261 annually.

South African mayors reached the million mark after Zuma last week approved the salary increases proposed by the Independent Commission for the Remuneration of Public Office Bearers.

The increases also apply to judges, magistrates and traditional leaders.

Increases will be backdated to April 1 this year.