Constitutional Court judges and all other judges will see their paychecks increase by 2.5% from April 1, 2018. However, magistrates will get 4% increases.
“With regard to members of parliament, a 2.5% increase will apply to categories ranging from house chairperson, chief whip: majority party, leader of the opposition and whips, to members of the National Assembly and permanent delegates to the National Council of Provinces,” Diko said.
Members of provincial legislatures too will see a slight increase of 2.5 %.
“Kings and queens will be eligible for a 2.5% increase. Senior traditional leaders and headmen and women will receive a 4% salary increase,” Diko said.
Ramaphosa’s announcement comes after Cosatu called on the president not to approve the salary increases amid tough economic challenges.
While the economy grew by 2.2% quarter-on-quarter in the third quarter of 2018, bringing to an end a technical recession, the economy is mostly sluggish.
Unemployment currently sits at over 27% while the cost of living has drastically increased.