The DA’s Chief Whip in Parliament, John Steenhuisen told the National Assembly that president Zuma’s salary hike was like asking for a raise after crashing the bus.
Referring to Zuma’s many missteps with public money, Steenhuisen said that “with Nkandla, the president drove over us all with a bus – in December last year, he put the bus in reverse and reversed over all of us, including his own ANC caucus”.
The politician said Zuma then “crashes the bus” – and is now expecting to be praised and granted a raise in his salary.
The DA said it opposes the president’s salary increase.
Zuma’s salary increase for 2016 was approved by National Assembly this week taking his total pay up to R2.87 million.
The president’s increase is in line with recommendations made by the Commission for the Remuneration of Public Office Bearers, which stated the president should get a 5% rise.
The DA was not the only party against the president’s increase:
During the sitting of National Assembly, the EFF put in a motion that Zuma’s salary be cancelled indefinitely, following his admission that he benefited unduly from security upgrades at his Nkandla homestead.
“He does not deserve a salary,” the EFF said, to cheers from opposition parties.
The ANC objected to the motion, and succeeded in quashing it – with 172 members against the EFF’s motion, 81 for, and 4 abstaining.
— Democratic Alliance (@Our_DA) March 10, 2016
Videos on BusinessTech