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Kings living in the lap of taxpayer funded luxury

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According to a Government Gazette published in April, kings and queens earn R1 239 918 per annum, a senior traditional leader or chief earns R270 942 and headman/headwoman earns R116 418 per annum.


05 Aug 2020
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Kings living in the lap of taxpayer funded luxury

File image for illustration purposes only. President Cyril Ramaphosa at the opening of the National House of Traditional Leaders. Picture: Twitter (@PresidencyZA)

The institution of traditional leadership, which the taxpayer continues to fund, has long lost respect and relevance, with experts blaming this sorry state of affairs on their access to state salaries, perks, influence and power. The Gauteng department of health’s multimillion-rand personal protective equipment (PPE) scandal in which presidential spokesperson Khusela Diko and her husband, Thandisizwe Diko, through his Royal Bhaca Projects, brought this African leadership institution into sharp focus. According to a Government Gazette published in April, kings and queens earn R1 239 918 per annum, a senior traditional leader or chief earns R270 942 and headman/headwoman earns R116...

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