Image: Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini
CAPE TOWN - The KwaZulu-Natal provincial government has increased the Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini
 monarch’s annual budget by R7-million from R58.8 million last year to 65.8 million this year.

The announcement was made by premier Willies Mchunu on Thursday during the 2018/19 financial year in the provincial legislature in Pietermaritzburg.

 During the address, Mchunu did not disclose full details on how the allocated budget would be used on the Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini’s household. 

The premier’s office has a duty of supporting the monarch family as the established household trust was made to make the monarch family self-sustainable.

 Among other leaders that earn high salaries is South Africa’s new president Cyril Ramaphosa, who earns 3.6 million which makes him one of the top paid leaders in the world.  

Here is a list of other top-earning leaders in the world: 

1.Singaporean official earns the dollar equivalent to R27 859 260 000,00,

2.   Carrie Lam, the chief executive of Hong Kong.  His salary is KH$5 million a year, which is roughly R8 079 625, 62 at current rates. 

3. Alain Berset, t he current president of Swiss Confederation, earns around R6 076 756, 80.

 4. Malcolm Turnbull, Australia’s prime minister earns a salary of R 5 258 489,90

5. US president Donald Trump, who earns the standard presidential salary of R5068 424,00.

Here are what South Africans are saying on Twitter :

Ruling the Zulu Kingdom is a mammoth task. The paltry R1million salary & R65.8million for the upkeep of the King, the royal family & their household trust cannot just be for nothing😎

— Vusi Sambo (@VusiSambo) 4 May 2018

Every royal household receives money from the government, but the amount will be based on the size of villages, it will be used to develop the community, the king as chairperson of the royal council gets a monthly salary also the traditional Cllr’s. not sure about Zulu kingdom.

— Mmadikgosi Matshego (@Mmadikgosi_23) 4 May 2018

That is absurd... how dare they take so much money to one kingdom? This government is playing with our minds. They are not giving salary increment to employees hence they are able to allocate so much money to the Zulu king!!! 2019 ANC will dance on hot asshes

— The great wall (@MatsimbiSm) 4 May 2018

Criticizing the King Zwelithini grant increase should never be premised on tribal lines but rather on whether or not, in a country experiencing deficits in its purse, such increases are sound management of government monies. 🤷

— Faku (@lean_mawish) May 4, 2018

King Zwelithini will be getting R66m annual budget. Is he still collecting R5 donation for the land?

— Hloni Nyetanyane (@HloniNyetanyane) May 4, 2018

Ask the Anc why Zwelithini is getting R66Million. Ask them. Kzn could do a lot with the money. He had land and an allowance.. Your leaders

— ♿️ New Beginnings♿️💞 (@HumanlyAwkward) May 4, 2018

Zwelithini must get a cut, no ways. 66 M off what? I trust @CyrilRamaphosa to downgrade this guy.

— Tsonga Cupcake! (@kulanicool) May 4, 2018

CIC, King Zwelithini now at 65.8 m for 2018, why other Chiefs and Queens not even 1m , please assist why him

— Trevor Nkgapele (@TrevorNkgapele) May 4, 2018