5.5% pay hike for Zuma?

The Commission for the Remuneration of Public Office Bearers recommends a 5.5% salary increase.

President Jacob Zuma announces a cabinet reshuffle on 12 June 2012. Picture: GCIS.

CAPE TOWN - The Independent Commission for the Remuneration of Public Office Bearers on Wednesday recommended a 5.5 percent salary increase.

If President Jacob Zuma gives the green light, the pay hike will kick in over the next financial year.

The commission's Judge Segwabe Seriti said more often than not, stakeholders are not happy with the recommendations.

He said there are two pending cases in the North Gauteng High Court, where magistrates are challenging previous recommendations.

Zuma currently earns R2,485 million per annum.

If the recommendation is implemented, he will earn R2,622,561 every year.

Mayors will earn just over R1million annually, while municipal councillors would net just under R400,000.

Talks between government and public service unions have stalled.

Workers are demanding a seven percent increase, while government is offering 6.5 percent.