Ever wondered what South African MPs are earning and who earns the most?

As a leader of a minority party‚ the Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema earns R1‚222‚606 a year or R101‚885 a month.

This is quite a bit more than what the average MP earns‚ which is R1‚033‚434 a year‚ or R86‚120 a month.

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The highest-paid members of Parliament are 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 averages out to R226‚400 a month.

Their salaries are the same as that of Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa.

Cabinet ministers get R2‚309‚262 a year‚ or R192‚439 a month. Not a bad salary if you can get it.

The next highest-paid MP is the deputy speaker of the national assembly‚ who earns R1‚901‚726 a year‚ which is the same as a deputy cabinet minister. That works out to R158‚477 a month. At present‚ Lechesa Tsenoli is the deputy speaker.

The house chairman comes next on the pay scale. This is currently Cedric Frolick‚ who earns R1‚765‚935 a year.

After him comes a group of senior MPs – the chief whip of the majority party‚ the chief whip of the NCOP‚ and the parliamentary council president and deputy president – who earn R1‚494‚192 a year.

The leader of the opposition‚ Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane is also among this group. Their monthly average works out at R124‚516.

Other perks MPs were entitled to according to parliamentary spokesman‚ Estelle Randall are as follows:

  • 86 single economy-class air journeys.
  • Accommodation in parliamentary villages.
  • Airport parking.
  • Reimbursed allowances for travel costs between airport and home.
  • Travel facilities for dependents.
  • Parking in the parliamentary precinct.
  • A fully equipped office in the precinct.
  • And an information and communications technology allowance.

Here is a quick glance of who is earning what :

  • Julius Malema (EFF leader) – R101‚885 a month.
  • Baleka Mbete (Speaker) – R226‚400 a month.
  • Cyril Ramaphosa (Deputy President) – R226‚400 a month.
  • Mmusi Maimane (DA leader) – R124‚516 a month.
  • Cabinet ministers – R192‚439 a month.
  • Deputy Cabinet ministers R158‚477 a month.
  • Average MP – R86‚120.

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