Mapisa-Nqakula House Speaker

The Minister of Defence and Military Veterans Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula

Fired minister Mapisa-Nqakula set for HUGE salary as House Speaker

We reckon this is as close as you can get to a dictionary definition of ‘failing upwards’ – but Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula isn’t complaining.

Mapisa-Nqakula House Speaker

The Minister of Defence and Military Veterans Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula

It must be absolutely class being a senior member of the ANC. You never need to worry about a proper skills evaluation in your life, because nobody else really has the moral high ground. And, if the worst happens and you do get fired, things like this happen: Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula is now set to become one of the highest earners in Parliament.

Mapisa-Nqakula likely to earn top job – despite late challenge

That’s because she is running for the vacant position of House Speaker, after Thandi Modise was handpicked to serve in Cyril Ramaphosa’s Cabinet. Mapisa-Nqakula was nominated by her ANC comrades, but still faces a challenge from the DA’s Annelie Lotriet, who has also been put forward to challenge the favourite.

NMN is highly likely to romp home to victory, despite the cross-bench competition. And, with her new role, the veteran politician can expect to pick up a very healthy wage going forward.

How much will Mapisa-Nqakula earn as House Speaker?

In fact, if Mapisa-Nqakula completes her journey from sacked Defence Minister to elected House Speaker today, she’ll have bagged herself an extremely healthy pay rise.

  • Previously, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula earned R2.4 million ($160 000) each year as a minister.
  • That will rise to R2.825 million ($190 000) per annum – as House Speaker is one of the best-paid roles in Parly.
  • Only President Cyril Ramaphosa (R2.99 million) earns more than her, and Deputy Leader David Mabuza earns the same.
  • The ANC representative is set to earn 15% MORE as Speaker than she did as a minister. That’s some going…

Voting for the next House Speaker

The voting has already begun in Parliament, with the entire process expected to take four hours. Mapisa-Nqakula remains a controversial candidate, after presiding over a few scandals during her time in the Defence and Military Department.

Her response to the SANDF killing of Collins Khosa, and the R215m Mapisa-Nqakula’s ministry spent on a bogus COVID-19 treatment at the beginning of the pandemic, have left some significant blots on her copybook.