Cabinet members, premiers and speakers will not receive a salary increase for the 2018/19 financial year.
The Independent Commission on the Remuneration of Public Office Bearers had recommended an increase of 4-percent across all categories of public office bearers.
However, President Cyril Ramaphosa has determined otherwise.
Ramaphosa has determined that there will be no annual salary increase for the deputy president, ministers, deputy ministers, the speaker of the National Assembly, the chairperson of the National Council of Provinces, the deputy speaker of the National Assembly and the deputy chairperson of the National Council of Provinces.
“President Ramaphosa’s decision not to follow the Commission’s recommendations is informed by the imperative that the state be considerate, responsive and demonstrate restraint, especially during periods of economic hardship, when determining the level of salary increases for public representatives,” the Presidency said in a statement.
“The President appreciates that for government to have wider support for its programmes, it must implement and demonstrate through practical actions its commitment to exercising prudence.”
The salaries and allowances of the Constitutional Court judges and judges of other courts be increased by 2.5-percent with effect of 1 April 2018.
With regard to members of parliament, a 2,5-percent 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.
In provincial executives, premiers, members of executive councils and speakers will not receive a salary increase.
Members of provincial legislatures will, however, receive a 2,5-percent salary increase.
Magistrates will benefit from a 4-percent salary adjustment, as will office bearers in of both national and provincial houses of traditional leaders.
Kings and Queens will be eligible for a 2,5-percent increase.
Senior traditional leaders and headmen and women will receive a 4-percent salary increase.