How much does Jacob Zuma cost us?

Gareth van Onselen
19 August 2012

Gareth van Onselen tallies up what we spend on the President and his family


The point of the exercise to try and derive a credible and defensible total figure for all primary direct expenses afforded to President Jacob Zuma by the Ministerial Handbook and for which the public - the taxpayer - is ultimately responsible. This is not an exact science. In every instance, however, I have been extremely conservative and thus, while the total figure might not represent the actual cost, I believe it certainly does represent the absolute minimum cost. Most likely, the final and ultimately unknowable total will be far, far higher.

It is not my purpose to analyse the cost or to give an opinion as to whether or not the amount can be described as exorbitant. I am merely setting out the facts. Regardless of whom served as President, a variation of the costs listed in this document would have to be born by the public purse. Likewise, one would have to take the opportunity costs into account and inflation. Whether or not the bridge between reasonableness and opulence has been crossed, I leave to you, the reader, to determine.

The document that follows is essentially divided into three sections. First, a summary. I have called this ‘The Zuma Balance Sheet' and it follows below these introductory remarks. It is, essentially, all the key numbers totaled. Second, an explanation, in which I try to set out my reasoning in arriving at each number and some additional context, to try and set the scene, where appropriate. Third and finally, I have concluded with some supplementary information, based on the final numbers.

By way of concluding this introduction, a few brief words about the methodology. Zuma took office on 9 May 2009. For each amount I have tried to determine an annual cost (April to April) and the cost of a full five year term. I have assumed his term will end in April 2014 (there is a three month window in which an election can be called). No doubt there are many incidental costs I have not covered (I suspect they are too small to make a real impact) and probably one or two more substantial items I have not thought of - I am happy to adjust the document in this regard. That said, again, the total amount can only really be adjusted upwards.

There are three kinds of figures:

[1] Those which can be fairly accurately quantified and which are publically available (his salary, for example);

[2] Those partly known and which can be broadly quantified or projected (allowances, for example); and

[3] Those which are unknown and which, in some cases, can be credibly estimated.

I have made use of the Ministerial Handbook as a guide to expenses. Although it doesn't mention the Presidency specifically, the Presidency is on record saying it "currently rel[ies] on the ministerial handbook" for precedent. It gives a general framework and direction for the costs associated with the highest office in the country. For all intents and purposes, however, it remains a generally useless document. It was approved by Cabinet in February 2007 and although the government has been promising a new one for over two years now, nothing has materialised. It is vague and incomplete; and so badly written and constructed as to invite abuse - which has invariably and frequently happened.

Likewise, the Presidency's Annual Reports hide figures within other figures (the Spousal Unit, for example) and makes oversight as difficult as possible. It is incredible hard, often impossible, to tie hard numbers to the amorphous parameters set out in the Handbook. The ANC's refusal to establish a portfolio committee for the Presidency makes accountability even harder. Often one has to rely on parliamentary questions (the answers to which are hardly a model of transparency) and other sources.

A defining feature of this exercise, then, was how much effort the Presidency puts into hiding, concealing, manipulating and covering up its costs. The Presidency is an ostensible model of transparency and a very real example of secrecy. Putting this together was extremely difficult.

Here, then, is how much Jacob Zuma costs you.

The Zuma Balance Sheet

1. Annual Salary: [R2 275 802.00 to R2 753 689.00]
Approximate Five Year Total: R12 315 706.00

2. Medical Aid: [At least R1 300 000 per year]
Approximate Five Year Total: R6 500 000.00

3. Pension Payout on Retirement: [Approximately R2 753 689.00]
Approximate Five Year Total: R2 753 689.00

4. Spousal Support: [At least R15 517 500.00 per year]
Approximate Five Year Total: R77 585 000.00

5. Private Vehicle: [70% of salary - R1 835 792.00, for two vehicles]
Approximate Five Year Total: R3 671 584.00

6. Flights - VIP Squadron: [An approximate average of: R46 838 476.00 per year]
Approximate Five Year Total: R234 192 383.00

7. Flights - Additional: [R6 331 174.67 plus additional cost of two planes]
Approximate Five Year Total: R10 000 000.00

8. Flights - VIP Protection Services: [Unknown]

9. Flights - Helicopters: [At least R14 400 000.00 per year]
Approximate Five Year Total: R72 000 000.00

10. Overseas Allowances - President: [An average of R25 400.00 per year]
Approximate Five year Total: R127 000.00

11. Overseas Allowances - First Ladies: [Unknown]

12. Accommodation - Hotels: [An average of R420 000.00 per year]
Approximate Five Year Total: R2 100 000.00

13. Accommodation - Official Residences: [An average of R5 300 000.00 per year]
Approximate Five Year Total: R26 500 000.00

14. Accommodation - Private Residences: [R6 400 000.00]
Approximate Five Year Total: R6 400 000.00

15.VIP Protection [An average of at least R12 000 000.00 per year]
Approximate Five Year Total: R60 000 000.00

16. Legal Costs: [Unknown]



At the very least, President Zuma will cost the South African taxpayer R514.1m over five years - an average of R102.8m per year; in other words, half a billion Rand. Were he to secure another term, his Presidency would cost the South African public, at least, R1 billion.

I have not adjusted some of these figures for inflation. VIP Protection, for example, is all based on a 2009 sum. At a modest average of 5% over this five year period, the R60 million I have projected would be closer to R75 million if inflation were taken into account. And, the R46.8 million per year on VIP Squadron flights is only based on figures up to April 2012. At 5% it would be closer to R51m per year by 2014. Obviously, if one projected the total figure forward to a second term, that too would not take inflation into account, easily an additional R130million. So, this is worth bearing in mind when considering just how conservative the total cost is.

Breakdown of Costs

1. Annual Salary [Known]: Zuma recently agreed to an inflation-related 5.5% salary increase, as recommended by the Independent Commission for the Remuneration of Public Office Bearers, bringing his annual salary to R2 662 561.00, up from R2 485 839.00 and backdated to 1 April 2012. Zuma was inaugurated on 9 May 2009. His annual salary breakdown over that period is as follows:

1 April 2009 - 1 April 2010: R2 275 802.00 (11 months, R2 086 151.00)
1 April 2010 - 1 April 2011: R2 367 466.00 (1 year, 5% increase)
1 April 2011 - 1 April 2012: R2 485 839.00 (1 year, 5%)
1 April 2012 - 1 April 2013: R2 622 561.00 (1 year, 5.5%)
1 April 2013 - 1 April 2014: R2 753 689.00 (1 year, projected 5% increase)
Five Year Total: R12 315 706.00

I projected the Presidency's salary for 2013/14 at R2.75m based on a 5% increase, which is typical. The five year total is approximately (and very near to): R12 315 706.00.

Context: The graph below sets out how the President's salary has grown over the last nine years. A significant increase occurred under President Mbeki, just before Zuma took office, when it jumped by almost R1 million, from approximately R1.2m to R2.1m in 2008/09. Zuma's current salary makes him among the best-paid state-leaders in the world. Indeed, possibly among the top ten, certainly the top twenty.

Graph 1: The President's Salary

2. Medical Aid [Known]: Zuma gets at least R1.3m as a medical aid contribution per year, outside of his salary. This would increase marginally with any salary increase so this is a conservative estimate. Five years at R1 300 000.00 equals approximately: R6 500 000.00 million.

3. Pension [Known]: On a monthly basis, like every employed person, part of Zuma's salary goes to his pension (according to the Ministerial Handbook 5% from the executive member, 17.5% from the state). Outside and on top of that, however, he gets a lump sum paid into his pension on retirement, based on his salary, in accordance with the Remuneration of Public Office Bearers Act. That percentage fluctuates depending on recommendation from the Independent Commission for the Remuneration of Public Office Bearers. In 2008, the Commission recommended, exclusively for the President, the lump sum amount get increased from 75% to "equal to 100% of the annual remuneration paid to him or her on the day prior to his or her retirement from office". If Zuma gets a 5% increase next year, as set out above, the total pension payout figure on Zuma's retirement will be: R2 753 689.00.

4. Spousal Support [Known]: According to the Presidency, the budget for the Presidential Spousal Support Unit was R15 517 500 million for the 2009/10 financial year. At that time, Zuma had five wives. He now has six. So this will be a conservative estimate. The total over a five year term, at R15.5m per year, is thus at least: R77 600 000.00.

Context: According to the reply to a March 2010 DA parliamentary question, the amount allocated to the Spousal Support Unit had increased from R4.5m in 2004/05 to R8m in 2007/8, to R15.5 million in 2009/10 under Zuma. In other words, it has effectively doubled. Significantly, the only way you can get information on the Spousal Unit is through parliamentary questions. There is no longer a stand alone line item for it in the Presidency's Annual Report (there used to be) and no dedicated programme of action for it in the Presidency's strategic plan. It is money spent with no identifiable outcome attached to it. And for the last two years, its full costs are unknown.

Graph 2: The Spousal Support Unit Budget

5. Official Vehicles [Known]: The Ministerial Handbook states that every member of the executive is entitled to be reimbursed for any capital expenditure paid for the purchase of a private vehicle. Regulations set the amount at 70% of one's annual salary and allow for two cars: one in Cape Town and one in Pretoria. 70% of Zuma's currently salary is R1 835 792.00 which would make the total amount available to him R3 671 584.00. Cars can be replaced when they have travelled 120 000km or after five years. At the very least, then, Zuma would have purchased two new cars during his term, one in Cape Town and one in Pretoria, for a total amount to the taxpayer of, at least: R3 671 584.00

Context: The amount they could spend was originally set at 50% but was then adjusted to 70%. Following a public outcry, it has been reported that the revised Handbook (over two years in the negotiating and yet to be seen or adopted) has proposed a new figure of 60%, 10% higher than the original mark. If adopted, that would allow Zuma to purchase two cars each to the value of R1 573 563.00 or a total spend of R3 147 073.00.

6. Flights - VIP Squadron [Known]: For both domestic and international flights President Zuma is flown by a special squadron of dedicated VIP jets, reserved for senior members of the executive and operated by the Department of Defence. The primary such plane, a Boeing reserved for the President, is called Inkwazi.  In response to a DA parliamentary question, the amount and costs of those flights for Zuma's first three years were recently revealed to be:

April 2009 - April 2010: 91 Flights
April 2010 - April 2011: 92 Flights
April 2011 - April 2012: 97 Flights

The total costs of those 286 flights was revealed to be R140 515 430.15, at an average cost of R491 000 per flight. Thus, the annual cost would be approximately R46 838 476.00 and the total cost, over five years, would be: R234 192 383.00.

7. Flights - Additional [Known]: The flights listed above are only those undertaken by the VIP squadron. However, the President has made use of other aircraft on an ad hoc basis. In September 2011, for example, while the Presidential Jet was being serviced, the Department of Defence hired a Boeing 727 to fly Zuma to America. In reply to a DA parliamentary question, the full cost of that flight was revealed to be R6 331 174.67. However, it was later revealed that two further planes had 'shadowed' Zuma's flight, in case his plane suffered some shortcoming - a South African Airways Airbus A340 and a Bombardier Global Express XRS, requiring around 35 crewmembers. The cost of these additional flights is not known but, together with Zuma's Boeing, the exercise is conservatively estimated to have cost R10 000 000.00. How many times this has happened during President Zuma's term is unknown.

Context: According to a document submitted to the National Assembly defence committee, operational spending on the President's Jet for 2004/05 was R11m, rising to R23m in 2005/06 and just over R24m in 2006/07. The total amount for this period - R58m - was however later increased to around R78m.

8. Flights - VIP Protection Services [Unknown]: In November 2009 the reply to a DA parliamentary question revealed that the South African Police Service (under which the VIP Protection unit falls) had purchased a Cessna Citation Sovereign private business jet, at a cost of R150 million, among other things to "transport VIP protection service advance teams to countries in Africa". It is not known how often or at what cost the jet has been used to send advance teams ahead of presidential visits to other African countries.

9. Flights - Helicopters [Partly Known]: The DA currently has a parliamentary question before the Minister of Defence about Zuma's costs in this regard. The helicopters form part of the VIP Squadron. He typically uses them for interim flights; for example, between the official residence King's House in KwaZulu-Natal and his private residence in Nkandla. According to experts, an hour flight in such a VIP helicopter would cost between R60 000 and R80 000. It is understood that a ‘shadow' helicopter follows the one escorting the President. A return flight to Nkandla in such a helicopter would last approximately five hours. If we use the conservative figure of 15 such flights a year at four hours per flight and at the minimum cost per hour of R60 000 for each such helicopter, that would translate to at least R14 400 000.00 per year and a five year total of: R72 000 000.00.

Context: The figures for all flights cited above are massively conservative. The costs sited in response to the DA's parliamentary question on aeroplanes does not, for example, include maintenance costs (Inkwazi - the President's jet - recently spent three months undergoing maintenance in Switzerland, we don't know how much that cost). It also doesn't include the costs of additional slip crews (as many as four could be used for a single flight). Helicopter flights are almost entirely unknown and, likewise, when the costs are revealed, in all likelihood the President will have undertaken far in excess of the 15 flights I have estimated and, as with aeroplanes, they won't include maintenance.

10. Overseas Allowances - President [Known]: Working out allowances for overseas travel is a tricky business, the amounts are also very small and I was hesitant to include them. The Ministerial Handbook states members and accompanying spouses are entitled to an allowance "equal to 110% of the daily allowance payable to Directors-General during visits abroad". That amount is re-determined every year by the Department of Public Service and Administration. You can find the 2011 amounts here. In 2010 Zuma spent 25 days overseas on official state visits. Another 49 days on other business (summits, etc.) for a total of 74 days abroad. Using the DPSA amounts I have determined an average amount for the state trips of 127 US dollars a day for the President. (This is complicated, but I have set it out below). Over the course of 2010 (April 2010 through April 2011) that works out to approximately R25 400.00 and, if we use 2010 as an average, R127 000.00 as a five year total.

2010: Presidential State and Working Visits

1. India (State Visit, June 2010); (DPSA stipend: 79 US Dollars) (3 days);
2. Libya (working visit July 2010); (102 US Dollars) (2 days);
3. Zimbabwe (working visit, July 2010); (109 US Dollars) (2 days);
4. China (State Visit, August 2010); (117 US Dollars) (3 days);
5. Russia (State Visit, August 2010); (127 US Dollars) (3 days);
6. Lesotho (State Visit, August 2010); (84 US Dollars) (2 days);
7. Egypt (State Visit, October 2010); (107 US Dollars) (2 days);
8. Cuba (State Visit, December 2010); (121 US Dollars) (3 days);
9. Mexico (State Visit, December 2010); (78 US Dollars) (3 days);
10. France (State Visit, March 2011); (107 US Dollars) (2 days);

25 days and $1 148
$1 148 divided by 10 equals an average of $115 per day, per trip;
110% of $115 equals an average of $127 per day;
Multiply that by 25 days equals $3 175;
Multiply by an exchange rate of 8 Rand to the Dollars equals:
R25 400.00

2010: Other Visits

I won't set them all out (you can find the full list here) but Zuma undertook a further 23 trips abroad (49 days) in 2010 on other business, for a total of 33. I have not calculated the total cost in allowances for these as, when hosted by another country the allowance drops to 30%, so small as to be incidental to the total and in the majority of cases, the President would have been hosted.

11. Overseas Allowances - First Ladies [Unknown]: As set out, when accompanied by his wives, they each are entitled to the same allowance as Zuma qualifies for. It is difficult to determine how many of his wives accompany him on each trip. Some reports have suggested as many as four have accompanied him. I have not included a total because the amount would be incidental and, in all likelihood, is covered by the budget for Spousal Support Unit.

12. Accommodation - Hotels [Unknown]: If one again uses 2010 as an average, of the 74 days abroad, the President would have spent 42 days overnight. It is difficult to tell where Zuma has stayed, but an internet search suggests the hotels used have been upmarket. In India he stayed at the five star Taj Mahal Palace Hotel. One night there in a luxury suit costs approximately R25 000 per night. The Presidential suit, even more. In New York he is report to stay at the Carlton Ritz, costing as much as R50 000 a night. If we take a conservative average of R20 000 per night and assume half his nights overseas - 21 - are funded by the South African state, that works out to an annual average of R420 000.00 and a five year total of: R2 100 000.00

13. Accommodation - Official Residencies [Partly Known]: The Ministerial Handbook allows for members of the executive to stay rent free at official residences. The President has five such residencies available to him: Mahlamba Ndlopfu (Pretoria); Genadendal (Cape Town); Oliver Tambo House (Pretoria); Highstead (Cape Town) and Dr John L Dube House (formerly King's House, Durban). They are each managed by the Department of Public Works. Obviously the cost of maintenance and upkeep of these houses must accrue to the President. So confusing has government information on this been, however, it is difficult to determine a figure. In October 2011, the Minister of Public Works stated in reply to a DA parliamentary question that as much as R400 million was to be spent on renovations for them. That figure was then refuted. I have excluded that amount, whatever it is, as the residences are national buildings and renovation and restoration is standard. However, it is possible to estimate the running costs. In a response to a parliamentary question in November 2009, Minister in the Presidency Collins Chabane revealed that the running costs of the five presidential homes was in excess of R5 300 000.00 for 2009/10, excluding the salaries of the 113 staff employed to service them. A conservative five year total is thus: R26 500 000.00.

14. Accommodation - Private Residencies [Partly Known]: The President owns a number of private homes, for him and his wives. Of these, two are his primary private residencies: a house in Forest Town, Johannesburg and Nkandla, in KwaZulu-Natal. Obviously the cost of the houses and their maintenance is for the President's private expense but the Ministerial Handbook does oblige the state to provide security for them. How much has been spent on the Forest Town residence in this regard is unknown, but an amount has definitely been spent as it is surrounded by security and has been described as a "bunker". More is known about Nkandla. According to a reply to a DA parliamentary question in August 2010, R6 400 000.00 was spent on security for the home, including a helipad, clinic and road bypass.

15. VIP Protection [Partly Known]: Working out Zuma's VIP protection costs is difficult. There are no exact figures and, as with so many of these types of expenses, the ANC government goes out of its way to conceal them. That said, thanks to DA parliamentary questions, it is possible to work out a credible estimate. In March 2009, the Minister of Safety and Security revealed that the state spent R998 815.89 per month protecting Jacob Zuma. That amount includes close as well as static protection (guarding his homes), overtime, vehicle and telephone costs. This was prior to Zuma becoming President. Since then, no doubt, it has increased significantly. However, we can safely use the figure of R1 million per month as a credible estimate. On that basis, the annual cost would be at least R12 000 000.00 and, over five years, at least R60 000 000.00.

16. Legal Costs [Unknown]: Zuma is currently defending himself against the DA in court, in a protracted battle to have some 400 corruption charges against him reinstated. It is unclear who is paying for these nor are the amounts known - as the cases have not yet been concluded - and so I have not included them. Were it the state, however, the additional figure would be substantial.

Costs not Included

There are a number of costs I have not included in this analysis. For example, the cost of Zuma's inauguration (R75m), the cost of renovations done to official residencies, the cost of the town supposedly being developed outside Nkandla at the President's behest and smaller items, like the cost of the credit card to which he is entitled (no doubt small and for which it is next to impossible to work out an amount). Essentially I have focused on the President's running costs. Where one to include actual government programmes, you might as well include the cost of the Presidency in its entirety, which would be to defeat the purpose of the exercise.

In turn, the President is funded in numerous other ways. The ANC, for example, would pay his costs when it comes to party political activity. Likewise, the President might benefit from various private benefits, financial or otherwise.

With regards to every one of the items listed, the public is ultimately responsible for the cost and the President has a say in the amount spent. Should he so chose, he could act to reduce or increase the amount dedicated to them. So they are a fair reflection of his attitude to public office and how he goes about his day-to-day business as President.


One can do various things with the R514 million figure. For example, one could break it down by term, year, month, week, hour, even minute:

Five Years: R514 145 362.00

One Year: R102 829 072.00

One Month: R8 569 089.00

One Week: R1 977 482.00

One Day: R282 497.00

One Hour: R11 770.00

One Minute: R196.00

Put another way, in the 15 or so minutes it has taken you to read this article, Zuma has cost the public R3 000.

One could also break the figure down into its major component parts. Over five years Zuma's salary and related expenses will cost at least R25m; his accommodation at least R35m; his protection at least R60m and his flights at least R316m.

Here is another blog I have created setting out and illustrating some of these such figures and a few others.

As I argued at the outset, South Africa needs a President, Jacob Zuma or no Jacob Zuma, and so many of these costs would have been incurred by the public purse regardless. How one interprets them is a matter of opinion. Let me know what yours is.

What can be said definitively is that there is a fundamental with transparency on this issue: The South African public simple doesn't know and the ANC government acts to conceal how much Jacob Zuma costs. Were it not for DA parliamentary questions, the overwhelming bulk of this information would be hidden. Indeed, very often, even where replies were secured, they had to be fought for. The truth has been resisted at every turn. That this information has been so carefully guarded must tell one something.

Perhaps it is time for the Presidency to provide the definitive answer. It might go at least someway to restoring its battered reputation. Besides, we, the public, have a right to know.

Correction (August 21 2012): I incorrectly totaled the original five year total at R517 721 164.00. It is, in fact, R514 145 362.00. Apologies. All effected figures have been corrected. As it so happens, since this post, the total has since been superseded (new costs have emerged) and now stands at R522 312 029.00. See here for more.    

This article was published with the assistance of the Friedrich-Naumann-Stiftung für die Freiheit (FNF). The views presented in the article are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of FNF.

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you make a mistake Mr van Onselen!!
You s list the presidential expenses as a "balance sheet".
if that were the case then we would expect the values to represent assets. Now, assets do tend to jhave some residual value and could presumably be sol;d to recover value.
Mr Zuma's . .more

by Delloite on August 19 2012, 18:59
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Pal, he cost us the country, and that is a whole lot more than your calculations
The country is finished and klaar as they like to say and he must be held accountable because he is the leader. Massive strikes unrest killings and murder looming up in the near future - another DRC. Gone as they say in the classics like all the other . .more

by Wake Up on August 19 2012, 19:25
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Very interesting did you bother doing the same calculations during the era of apartheid S.A. if not why.

by m on August 19 2012, 20:02
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Zuma still costs us less than Mbeki's "African Renaissance/Pan Africanist/Egyptology/Kwanzaa Cult" and "AIDS Denialism/Beetroot and Garlic" myths.

Zuma's strength is he is not a racist and he listens to advice. Unfortunately it is also his . .more

by Lyndall Beddy on August 19 2012, 20:03
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what would that help? why when you anc retards are in the dwang or embarrassing our country do you always have to deflect?

Just for once, grow a pair of balls and have a flash of independent thought just for 5 minutes, and think about the above . .more

by andrew on August 19 2012, 20:31
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The NP merged with the ANC. They are the same entity now.
Gareth is DA and 20 years ago was probably just at school!

by @m on August 19 2012, 20:33
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BHO caused the US debt to accumulate $1Trillion USD for every year he's been in power . It is no secret that the great ol'' US of A are on the skids and their kids will be paying off this debt for generations . Fact is when a country is going down the . .more

by Green Room on August 19 2012, 20:47
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Were it the state, however, the additional figure would be substantial.
Gareth , lets face a few hard facts .

1) Prior to JGZ's ascention to the corridors of power , the kids in his kraal thought John Wayne was still alive , because the Sheriff reputedly pitched up so frequently , for debts to be satisfied .
2) . .more

by Green Room on August 19 2012, 20:54
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by m on August 19 2012, 20:02
Not sure which side of the fence you purport to sit , but the late Oom PW Botha had a moderate home in Wilderness . The trouble with this lot of ANC megalomaniacs is they are all lining their pockets until the ship of state has collapsed , and once . .more

by Green Room on August 19 2012, 21:02
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Are we getting that amount of value back from him? I doubt it very much.

by tokolosh on August 20 2012, 00:15
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Both De Klerk and Botha only had pensions.
@ Green Room

None of the Socialist Afrikaner Presidents accumulated this obsene wealth of the ANC and African Kleptocrats as can be seen from the estates they left in their wills.

But Black Africa was taught Kleptocracy by Black . .more

by Lyndall Beddy on August 20 2012, 02:07
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One word to describe this. Sheer unaduterated VULGARITY. Does he believe he earned this? The word embarrassed does not feature in his world. SIES ! But he has done much worse to the country as president.... eg His inability to read CV's. Bet you cant . .more

by tzME on August 20 2012, 05:53
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The work is admirable and so informative. ..BUT !!! .. It is petty cash in terms of his ability or lack therof to govern and be presidential! The man cant read a CV !!! He thrives on his tribal sentiment and obsession and his culture is only dynamic in . .more

by tzME on August 20 2012, 05:57
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"president mugabe is the greatest leader africa has ever seen..." (sic)

Really? Well I suppose he is, at least in terms of how to trash an economy and murder your political opponents. On that basis, he's right up there with the old Soviet . .more

by Marc V on August 20 2012, 07:51
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Estate De Klerk
@ Lyndall Beddy

So you have seen the will of De Klerk and can therefore estimate the dimensions of his estate? Has this spineless creature expired already ?

by Walter on August 20 2012, 08:04
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Is it not Africa all over again? There are people who can actually write who believe mugabe is a great leader! With these types we are in the dwang! Jz is not doing anything positive and most of his subjects will expect a handout. Economic freedom with no . .more

by Robbo on August 20 2012, 08:04
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Shower, making aids escaping
And MOST of all cost us our reputation..... you can tell by the finger he uses to push up his glasses

by Piet Pompies on August 20 2012, 08:26
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Hell, that's a lot of dough to pay for a heap of rotten meat.

by Koos on August 20 2012, 09:04
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So how much must we pay for the Dr Zuma? And who r u to tell Us?
How much was spent on those thieving Apartheid presidents of yours? It was ILLEGAL to even keep records of their thieving so go to HELL!

by Mute Fool_Makoya on August 20 2012, 09:26
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President Zuma Expenses
Gareth Van Onselen, it's best for you to get the best job to keep you busy doing research on the wealth of HF Verwoed, because his grand - grandson still enjoys and have massive wealth compared to President Jacob Zuma.

I wonder who is . .more

by Thabo Rehlamfu on August 20 2012, 09:27
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Endemic in Africa
In Africa it's endemic for presidents and kings to be paid amounts that are way in excess of their worth and what would be reasonable in relation to the size of their countries' economies. On top of this many, many of them (e.g. Mobuto, Mugabe, Nguema, . .more

by William on August 20 2012, 09:28
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@Mute Fool
I quote Adolf Hitler " It is fortunate for leaders that man does not think "

by Eric on August 20 2012, 10:20
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Gareth van Onselen
One Hour: R11 852.00 / 60 min = 197.53
One Minute: R198.00 x 60 = 11 880

So which is correct: Is he costing us R11 850 or R11 880 per hour? R197.53 or R198 per minue? There is a R30 difference... So where is this R30 coming from?

by S.A.R.S on August 20 2012, 10:29
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The cost of the Zuma Empire
You haven't taken into account the R60 million already spent on his Nkandtla residence - with his daughter or niece as the main "contractor" - or the R2 BILLION planned for "Zumaville" ! It's my opinion that Zuma and Mugabe are holding their own . .more

by Toni on August 20 2012, 10:33
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Winnie Madikazela-Mandela
Please let us know the attendance figures to Parliament and cost of Winnie

by Jan on August 20 2012, 10:46
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Unacceptable costs.

What a waste of money.

Most of the leaders in the civlised world are ecconomical in their costs and furthermore they are in charge of the progress of their countries.

They oversee matters of delivery of services. Creating a . .more

by Thabo on August 20 2012, 10:53
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@Thabo Rehlamfu
Of course a parasite like you would support an absolute retard like Zuma, being one of the key "hangers on" in your little sycophantic "Citizens in partnership with governmunt" set-up.
You have unsurprisingly missed the point of this piece . .more

by Fred on August 20 2012, 12:34
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ALL Afrikaner President's wills are Lodged with the Master of the High Court
@ Walter

P W Botha left a very small estate. De Klerk will be the first President with extra income - from his marriage to his second wife, his book, and his lecture tours.

by Lyndall Beddy on August 20 2012, 13:08
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Driven by apathy
Why are we not in the streets with placards and half bricks to show our disapproval?

by catwithoutend on August 20 2012, 13:36
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RSA President
I am responding to Fred who posted a comment that I am a parasite. Fred go to hell.You are the beneficiary of the boere. Shame on you stupid rat.

by Thabo Rehlamfu on August 20 2012, 14:07
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These calculations are great. This proves that anyone can lead the country and the country rewards those who put themselves up for service. Remember, Presidents don't elect themselves but are a result of democratic processes. Given that past presidents . .more

by Terra on August 20 2012, 15:08
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Let them eat cake!
ANC voters are losers.

by meme on August 20 2012, 15:55
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jst strike and kick him out,its ur country

by de clerk on August 20 2012, 16:10
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its all the same
This to me sounds so petty. The figure would still be rougly the same had been a madam Zille, a Lekota or a Mothlante. This for me sounds like DA propaganda finish and klaar.
For the record I I'm neither an ANC or a DA supporter

by Shengs on August 20 2012, 18:21
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Why are THESE 44 deaths International News?
We have 50 murders a day- including muti killing of children and albinos - and serial rapists going amok! Are these deaths important ONLY because PROFITS are involved?

by Lyndall Beddy on August 20 2012, 19:59
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Does he need all this?
Why is Zuma earning more then head of states in other parts of the world - like in Europe? Should he not serve the country and the people more than thinking of his own pocket and those of with family and friends? Disgusting!!!! He does not deserve all . .more

by Why? on August 20 2012, 23:38
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The ANC politicians earn in dollars - the rest of SA earn in rands!
@ Why

This is because an ANC commission decided they are "entitled" to earn the same as international (i.e. American) standards!

by Lyndall Beddy on August 21 2012, 03:55
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White skelems are bitter!!!!!!!!!
Who cares how much he costs us?? your calculations are very selective, you shuld have started with the calculations of the apartheird era!!!!!!!!! go to hell!!!!!!!!!!

by Fact!!!!!!!!!! on August 21 2012, 09:14
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Zuma now tommorrow and future
No DA or FFP member would tell me about my president or any ANC member even though I may identify some weaknesses but that is only for my party to deal with it, Why I'm posing such statement, No one would comment about good things have done by the ANC, . .more

by Mjamba on August 21 2012, 10:34
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Zuma's income
Astonishing; people that can read and write defend Zuma's waste of big money and are so ignorant that they defend him and compare his income with the Apartheid presidents! The reality is that this is South Africa where the economy is struggling now and . .more

by Lada on August 21 2012, 10:48
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I did not know that our State President (The most developed state in Africa) is costing us so less. Relatively speaking he is the cheapest statehead in the world!!!!

by Thulani on August 21 2012, 10:57
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Rehlamfu and gundwana (rats)
by Thabo Rehlamfu on August 20 2012, 09:27 ..... if the President earns or enjoys those perks, then it's good.
by Thabo Rehlamfu on August 20 2012, 14:07 ... Shame on you stupid . .more

by Green Room on August 21 2012, 11:14
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by Mjamba on August 21 2012, 10:34
Mnumzana , now you would not be suggesting that JGZ783 put up these monies would you . Dig a little deeper sbali . Uncover the real source .

by Green Room on August 21 2012, 11:17
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ANC sheeple followers
It seems the ANC support base are so steeped in disinformation , that they cannot distinguish wood from trees and as such perhaps Politicsweb is a waste in trying to show these more literate folk where their ANC leaders are taking them for a ride . .more

by Green Room on August 21 2012, 11:25
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Does anyone know what P W Botha and F W De Klerk's salaries were?
I am very bored with hearing the excuse that the ANC is only doing the same!

by Lyndall Beddy on August 21 2012, 14:35
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Support for spouses
I just wondered what exactly is the criteria for the spouse support of the president. And which of his spouses are actually being supported. As far as I now the Act on customary unions specifies that as soon as a man wants to enter into a second customary . .more

by Louise Dekker on August 22 2012, 07:13
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so what?
at least we know what our president is earning, we never knew what were your apartheid presidents were earning.

by Tshezi Tenza Mkabela on August 22 2012, 10:43
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Cheap shot
What's the cost of the DA members in parliament? As taxpayers are we getting value for money from this lot? If we have to tally costs lets do it across the board unless the intention is juvenile politicking, which I suspect Gareth is up to.

by Sipho on August 22 2012, 10:57
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Abuse of public funds, tac payers money
Insane. he marries and makes children at will and we pay for it. you got to love this country. no wonder every "cadre" wants in! and the masses still vote for ANC. no wonder Africa and SA is doomed!

by CDM on August 23 2012, 15:53
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@ Tshezi Tenza Mkabela
Of course we all knew what the Apartheid Presidents, Ministers and MPs earned - it was published in every budget. And they were allowed to earn NO other income and have NO other business interests! So how can Susan, Minister of Minerals, afford to pay . .more

by Lyndall Beddy on August 24 2012, 11:17
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@ Sipho
DA members of parliament earn the same as ANC members and all other elected members!

by Lyndall Beddy on August 24 2012, 11:58
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The only way to stop all this spending is for Big Business to stop paying Income Tax and we will all follow.The Greeks did it to get rid of the Turks and it worked.If we allow this to carry on the country will be bankrupt so what have we got to lose?

by Byron Plomaritis on September 04 2012, 07:46
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The only way to stop all this spending is for Big Business to set an example to stop paying Income Tax and we will all follow.

by Byron Plomaritis on September 04 2012, 07:48
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Stop paying INCOME tAX

by Byron Plomaritis on September 04 2012, 07:50
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How much does Jacob Zuma cost us?
Gareth van Onselen you have done great job for your enemy which does not 1/4'ly equal the oppression you have done to us African people. All what you have calculated is too little for apartheid you've done to us. Pray thousand time to regain his power so . .more

by khabs on September 15 2012, 06:33
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My Salary
hibo how did you find my budget. LMAO

by ZUMA on October 11 2012, 15:18
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Stop the rot
Stop voting! When you vote, you relay the message that you need someone to control you: to tell you what to do. Put a cross over the whole paper and in this way show that you have no faith in the system as a whole. We can then state that all the spoiled . .more

by Wild Child on November 28 2012, 00:39
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JZ's cost to us taxpayers.
Dont for one minute think that the person, Jacob Zuma is concerned about what he is costing the country. The p****k does not have the ability to think in the first place, so let's not waste our time hoping that he or any of his A*** kissing buddies gives . .more

by Abraham lLINCOLN. on December 11 2012, 16:15
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by ADV MALUX on December 11 2012, 18:41
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our economy
we blacks r sucking so much on our economy,our leaders needs to sit down and ask themselves what are they putting back to contribute to it,because they are gonna suck it so much that its going to collapse,its like milking a cow without feeding it

by black man on January 16 2013, 18:10
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Money spent.
These huge amounts are very interesting. These amounts are not just paid for nothing we see the close VIP protection.

by Masixole Ntunguntwana on June 25 2013, 18:53
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Zuma says "F..you" every time he pushes up his glasses with his MIDDLE-FINGER. This is what he things of the nation of South-Africa.

by Anton de Souza- 1life insurance MD CEO on January 13 2014, 12:59
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