President Cyril Ramaphosa joined a growing list of African heads of state to take a salary cut.
The president announced in the presidency's budget vote speech on Wednesday that he would take a 50 percent pay cut, with half his salary going into a Thuma Mina (Send Me) fund to be run by the Nelson Mandela Foundation.
The fund will launch in June, and will be part of the centenary events to celebrate what would have been Mandela's 100th year. Ramaphosa earns R3.6-million a year, which means he will give away R1.8-million; or about R138,000 a month.
Earlier this year, Face2Face Africa reported on Africa.com that footballer turned Liberian president George Weah announced a 25 percent salary cut when he was inaugurated as president. He followed Nigeria's Muhammadu Buhari, who took a 50 percent pay cut when he became president. Buhari, like Ramaphosa, campaigned on an anti-corruption ticket.
Tanzania's president John Magufuli cut his salary to US$4,000 [~R50,000] a month, and Kenya's Uhuru Kenyatta took shaved his salary from US$14,000 to US$11,000 [from ~R175,000 to ~R137,500] a month.
Egypt's strongman Abdel Fatah al-Sisi gave his property portfolio to the state and cut his salary to US$5,200 [~R65,000] a month. It doesn't seem to have made him any more popular or less tyrannical.
And in Malawi, former head of state Joyce Banda took a 30 percent pay cut, but was then turfed from office when she stole from the national money pot in a scandal called Cashgate.
Ramaphosa has a net worth calculated at between R4.6-billion and R6.4-billion, which he amassed from his time in business — and through being the favoured partner of a gazillion black empowerment deals.