“SALGA CEO earned more than Zuma” - DA


The Democratic Alliance (DA) has lashed out at the South African Local Government Association (SALGA), after it was revealed that its CEO earned more than President Jacob Zuma.

In statement, party Shadow Minister of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Kevin Mileham, said the association announced in its annual report on Thursday, that Xolile George received a 36% salary increase from R3.5-million to R4.4-million during the past financial year, of which R800 000 amounted to bonuses and allowances.

“As the CEO of SALGA, Mr George needs to set the example of acting with austerity, focusing on serving to represent the 278 municipalities in South Africa,” Mileham said.

“There is simply no justification for such an exorbitant increase, especially considering the dire financial straits many municipalities find themselves in”.

He also stated that George’s salary came to over R1-million more than those received by the municipal managers of the Johannesburg and Cape Town metros, and that the next closest employee at SALGA received less than R2-million during the same time.

“Our country cannot afford the ballooning public sector wage bill, and Mr. George’s increase makes a mockery of the plight of both municipal workers and the taxpaying residents,” Mileham said, adding that the party would write to the Portfolio Committee to have the matter explained by Minister Pravin Gordan.