Public outrage at the scale of the salaries enjoyed by SA’s university vice-chancellors, exposed by an investigation by the Council for Higher Education, is entirely predictable.

It is easy to decry the generous remuneration accorded to vice-chancellors as a misuse of scarce public funds, given that in 2019 more half of them were taking home more than President Cyril Ramaphosa. Leading the pack was the University of Johannesburg which provided its vice-chancellor with a R7.17m package, almost double the president’s R3.9m salary at the time...

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