President Jacob Zuma was confronted by rowdy MPs from the Economic Freedom Fighters MPs during question time in Parliament on Thursday.  Questions were raised over his repaying the money spent on his paying back the pay for upgrades to his private Nkandla home, SA’s failure to arrest Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir and the electricity crisis. Picture: EPA
President Jacob Zuma was confronted by rowdy MPs from the Economic Freedom Fighters MPs during question time in Parliament in 2015. Picture: EPA

PRESIDENT Jacob Zuma should turn down his salary increase because he does not deserve it, the Democratic Alliance (DA) said on Friday.

The president will now earn R2 874 851 a year, following approval by Parliament on Thursday.

This means Mr Zuma will now earn R7 876 a day.

The DA’s Sej Motau said the increase came at a time when the country was fighting a downgrade to "junk status".

"Junk performance should not be rewarded with increased remuneration," he said.

He blamed the African National Congress (ANC) for voting in favour of the motion, saying this proved they did not put South Africans first.

Debating the salary increase in Parliament on Thursday, parties — including the DA, Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) and Congress of the People (Cope) — objected to the increase.

But other political parties said those who objected were hypocrites, as MPs had accepted 4.5% increases as well.

The ANC on Thursday said none of the MPs who objected to the increase had opted for lower or no salary increases.

"The cheap posturing and hypocrisy by certain opposition MPs who voted against the increase for the president, whilst they happily pocketed the salary increases he approved recently, is shameful," the party said in a statement.

Cope said on Thursday that both MPs and the president should not have received an increase.

There were 172 MPs who voted in favour of the increase, while 81 voted against, and two abstentions were recorded on Thursday.

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