Pay a man what he is worth! I’ve never had a problem with anyone earning boodles of cash, as long as they deserve it. Often I will jump at the defense of top CEOs earning big bucks because, if a guy takes a business and makes it highly profitable, my stance has always been, pay the man what he is worth. It did, however, leave a bad taste in my mouth when I recently heard how much our honourable President Jacob Zuma is earning.
Did you know President Zuma earns 26 times more than the average South African citizen?
Yip, he has got himself nicely nestled in 11th spot when it comes to the world’s highest paid political leaders of 2015.
|1. Lee Hsien Loong||Singapore||$2,183,516 per annum|
|2. CY Leung||Hong Kong||$530,000 per annum|
|3. Barack Obama||United States||$400,000 per annum|
|4. Tony Abbott||Australia||$345,000 per annum|
|5. Michael Higgins||Ireland||$340,000 per annum|
|6. Xavier Bettel||Luxembourg||$340,000 per annum|
|7. Stephen Harper||Canada||$296,400 per annum|
|8. John Key||New Zealand||$290,000 per annum|
|9. Angela Merkel||Germany||$283,608 per annum|
|10. Shinzo Abe||Japan||$273,000 per annum|
|11. Jacob Zuma||South Africa||$272,000 per annum|
|12. Giorgio Napolitano||Italy||$270,000 per annum|
|13. Francois Hollande||France||$230,000 per annum|
|14. David Cameron||United Kingdom||$215,000 per annum|
|15. Sauli Niinisto||Finland||$190,000 per annum|
|16. Olafur Grimsson||Iceland||$188,000 per annum|
|17. Ma Ying-jeou||Taiwan||$184,000 per annum|
|18. Mark Rutte||Netherlands||$170,000 per annum|
Source: Richest Lifestyle
When you look at these numbers something doesn’t add up, right? It leaves me asking a few questions:
- Why is it that a president of a struggling 3rd world country is earning as much as leaders of wealthy 1st world nations?
- Do you see any other African heads of state on this list? The Kenyan president is on $132 000 per annum (50% of Zuma’s pay cheque)
- How can Zuma justify a +- R2,7 million annual pay cheque?
It’s absolutely laughable and again points to a glaring issue in this country – the people we have appointed to run this country are more interested in lining their own pockets than they are in serving us.
Mr Zuma, you are not nearly worth R2,7 million a year! Unfortunately Sir, based on what I’ve seen you do over the last couple of years, you would be lucky to earn R120 000 per year, if I had it my way.
It’s time to get off the gravy train Jacob Zuma! Prove to us you are worth R2, 7 million per year…
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