Meet Jason Ngobeni, The Civil Servant Who Earns More Than Zuma

Jason Ngobeni


Jason Ngobeni is the highest paid civil servant in South Africa. With an annual salary of R3 million, he out-earns not only all the cabinet ministers and premiers, but also earns more than Zuma, the country’s president.

Ngobeni’s salary and those of all of the other municipalities’ managers for 2014/2015 were revealed in a response to a parliamentary question posed by the Democratic Alliance to the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Des van Rooyen.

Ngobeni has been in the position since 2011, and even at that point, he was earning more than Zuma. The reason given for this by the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs was that the municipality wanted to retain Ngobeni in that position and the package was the incentive.

Other metro municipality managers’ salaries range between an average of R1,9 million to R2,8 million, the former  earned by the Buffalo City municipal manager and the latter by the Ekurhuleni’s municipal manager. The municipal manager of eThekwini and Managuang earn the same annual salary of R2,4 million, and the City of Cape Town’s municipal manager earns about R2,2 million.

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Meanwhile, the municipal manager of Johannesburg takes home a whopping R2,6 million annually, and the municipal manager for the Nelson Mandela Bay (a position that’s currently not filled) will earn R2 million.

District municipal managers are on a bit of a lower scale earning an average of between R1 million to R1,5 million and local municipal managers earn even less with annual incomes averaging between R425 000 to about R1,8 million.

Meanwhile, Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema collects an average of about R1,03 million per annum, while Baleka Mbete and Thando Modise, the highest paid parliamentarians both earn an annual salary of R2,7 million. This is the same amount that Cyril Ramaphosa, the deputy president of South Africa, takes home.


Sourec: The Times\Destinyconnect


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