New salaries for provincial politicians have been gazetted for the Gauteng legislature‚ which consists of 73 members‚ elected every five years on a proportional representation system.
According to calculations by Democratic Alliance councillor Tim Truluck‚ which he shared on Twitter‚ the new salaries range from R158‚477 to R83‚250 per month.
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The provincial legislature‚ based at the Johannesburg City Hall‚ is a House comprising the Speaker and Members of the Provincial Legislature (MPLs) from various political parties‚ according to its official website. Political parties get seats in the legislature through a system of proportional representation – meaning‚ the party with the majority of votes gets the majority of MPLs in the House.
The Speaker‚ Ms Lentheng Helen Mekgwe (ANC) will from April 1 earn an annual salary of R1.9 million. The leader of the opposition and committee chairpersons will earn R1.2 million. A member of the legislature will earn R1 million.
The Premiers salaries were gazetted in February‚ according to which Gauteng premier David Makhura would earn R2.173 million a year.
The highest-paid members of Parliament is National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete and her counterpart in the National Council of Provinces (NCOP)‚ Thandi Modise‚ who each earned a whopping R2‚716‚798 a year as of April 1 2015‚ according to the government gazette. That averaged out to R226‚400 a month for that period. Cabinet ministers received R2‚309‚262 a year‚ or R192‚439 a month.
As a leader of a minority party‚ the Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema earned R1‚222‚606 a year or R101‚885 a month.The average MP then earned R1‚033‚434 a year‚ or R86‚120 a month.