President Cyril Ramaphosa has officially declared the salaries and allowances of traditional leaders and members of traditional houses.
Traditional affairs are interwoven with South Africa’s government. The Department of Traditional Affairs is mandated to oversee issues relating to traditional affairs and support the development of traditional communities.
The South African government said the National House of Traditional Leaders (NHTL) seeks to promote the role of traditional leadership within the country and act as an advisory board to the national government.
Alongside the national house of traditional leaders, there are provincial houses in the Eastern Cape, Free State, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo, Mpumalanga and the North West added government.
Traditional leaders play a role in the rural development strategy, with the government introducing numerous pieces of legislation to ensure that traditional leadership can and must contribute to the development of society.
Traditional councils can further be involved in development matters and may now enter into partnerships and service-delivery agreements with the government in all spheres.
South Africa’s latest gazetted remuneration covers a wide range of roles varied between full and part-time positions in both national and provincial houses of traditional leaders.
Note: NHTL = National House of Traditional Leaders | PHTL = Provincial House of Traditional Leaders
|King/Queen||R1 277 116|
|Chairperson: NHTL||R961 268|
|Full-Time Chairperson: PHTL||R791 738|
|Deputy Chairperson: NHTL||R735 226|
|Full-Time Deputy Chairperson: PHTL||R678 520|
|Full-Time Member: NHTL||R427 566|
|Full-Time Member: PHTL||R366 520|
|Senior Traditional Leader||R279 070|
The King’s salary
In March of this year, President Cyril Ramaphosa recognised Misuzulu Sinqobile Zulu as the King of the AmaZulu Kingship, making the country now have eight officially recognised kings.
Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma said in a parliamentary Q&A that recognised kings are permitted to collect an annual salary as determined by the president and based on recommendations by the Independent Commission for Remuneration of Public Office Bearers.
Dlamini-Zuma outlined the salaries paid to each of the country’s kings over the last five years based on these recommendations:
|2016||R1 126 057|
|2017||R1 033 438|
|2018||R1 126 057|
|2019||R1 206 147|
|2020||R1 239 918|
|2021||R1 239 917|
Dlamini-Zuma added that ‘fringe benefits’ are also given to all traditional leaders by their respective provincial governments.
There is no specific information available on the benefits each province provides to their kings as this differences from province to province, she noted.