SA pres costs R500m

Johannesburg – President Jacob Zuma could cost the South
African taxpayer more than R500m over five years, according
to analysis based on the ministerial handbook.
"At the very least, President Zuma will cost the South African
taxpayer R517.7m over five years – an average of R103.5m
per year," said Gareth van Onselen in a blog published on
www.inside-politics.org.
Van Onselen, the Democratic Alliance’s director of political
analysis and development, writes the blog in his personal
capacity.
He used the ministerial handbook as a guide to calculate the
figure.
"It was a very difficult exercise, but using the ministerial
handbook as a guide and by being very conservative, I have
generated a total figure."
The total amount included Zuma’s annual salary of R12.3m
over five years, medical aid of R6.5m and pension payout of
R2.8m.
The cost for Zuma’s spouses was estimated to be R77.59m.
"According to the presidency, the budget for the Presidential
Spousal Support Unit was R15 517 500 for the 2009/10
financial year.
The amount allocated to the Spousal Support Unit had
increased from R4.5m in 2004/05 to R8m in 2007/8, to
R15.5m in 2009/10, under Zuma.
"Significantly, the only way you can get information on the
Spousal Unit is through parliamentary questions.
"There is no longer a standalone 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," Van
Onselen said.
Zuma’s private vehicles were estimated to cost R3.7m over
five years, while flights for the VIP Squadron were calculated
at R234.2m over the same time period.
The president’s overseas allowance was estimated to be
R127 000 for five years. Van Onselen was not able to work
out the allowance for the president’s wives.
Zuma’s official residence could cost about R26m for five
years, and the taxpayer could fork out about R6.4m for his
private residences.
VIP protection was calculated to be R60m for five years.
Van Onselen said he calculated the figures based on Zuma
taking office in May 2009 and his term ending in April 2014.
The presidency had not responded to a request for comment
by 16:00 on Monday.
SAPA

Source: m.news24.com/news24/SouthAfrica/Politics/Zuma-will-cost-SA-R500m-claim-20120820

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