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Opposition parties labelled 'hypocrites' for opposing Zuma's salary hike

The DA, EFF, Cope and the ACDP have all opposed a salary raise for the president.

President Jacob Zuma in response to the debate on the State of the Nation Address, National Assembly, Cape Town. Picture: GCIS.
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CAPE TOWN – The African National Congress (ANC) has accused opposition parties who opposed President Jacob Zuma’s 4.4 percent salary increase of hypocrisy.

The Independent Commission for the Remuneration of Public Office Bearers recommended that members of the executive and Member of Parliament (MPs) get 5 percent increases.

Zuma lowered this to 4.4 percent below inflation, due to the current economic climate. 

MPs received their increases this week, with opposition parties differing in the National Assembly yesterday over whether or not to approve Zuma’s R2.8 million salary.

The Democratic Alliance, Economic Freedom Fighters, Congress of the People and the African Christian Democratic Party, all opposed the president’s pay hike, with some citing his reshuffling of Finance Ministers in December and handling of the Nkandla spending debacle as reasons why he did not deserve it.

But some parties including the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP), National Freedom Party and United Democratic Movement disagreed.

The IFP’s Narend Singh said, “There were smiles on almost 500 Members of Parliament faces when we received our 4.5 percent increase, we should then have the courage if we’re talking about economic times, to refuse and say that money should be distributed to the citizens of this country.”

Agang SA’s Andries Tlouamma also supported the hike.

“We can’t discriminate him, unless if you want him to join a trade union to fight for his increase.”

In the end, Zuma’s increase was approved, with 172 votes in favour and 81 against.

(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)

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