Mpumalanga Finance MEC earns more than his Premier

By Bosman Grobler MPL, DA spokesperson on Finance:

Mpumalanga Finance MEC, Eric Kholwane has earned a whopping R2.086 million in the 2014/15 financial year, compared to Premier David Mabuza’s salary of around R1.9 million.

This was revealed in the 2014/15 Annual Reports for Kholwane’s two departments which are Finance and Economic Development.

The report indicates that Kholwane, who is also a member of the South African Communist Party (SACP), drew a salary of R 1.771 million from the Department of Economic Development and Tourism, and a further R 315 000 from the Finance Department, bringing the total to R 2.086 million.

This is in total violation of the Proclamation by the President of the Republic of South Africa in the determination of the upper limit of salaries and allowances of Premiers, MECs and MPLs. The upper limit is currently R 1.734 million for MECs.

(Click here for both the departmental financials and the Proclamation)

The MEC’s four month stint as the curator of the Health Department cannot be used to justify his ‘extra pay’.

MEC Kholwane is not new to controversy, a few months ago he was suspended as an SACP member pending an investigation into his failure to deliver on the communist mandate. Despite his suspension, Kholwane remains a member of the executive.

Such actions remind us of the words of former SACP Leader Chris Hani on 29 October 1992 when he said, “What I fear is that the liberators emerge as elitists, who drive around in Mercedes Benz’ and use the resources of this country to live in palaces and to gather riches”.

The DA has written to the AG, requesting him to investigate Kholwane’s salary and the violation of the Proclamation by the President.

The DA will continue to hold the executive to account for expenditure of public funds. Our principles of Freedom, Fairness and Opportunity will ensure that in all that we do, we always put the country first.