SABC boss in R900k salary increase row

BY CHARL BOSCH - SEPTEMBER 23, 2015

The Democratic Alliance (DA) has announced that it would be approaching Public Protector Thuli Madonsela to investigate what it termed the “unlawful” salary increase given to embattled South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) Chief Operations Officer, Hlaudi Motsoeneng.

Speaking in statement, party Shadow Minister of Communications, Gavin Davis, said the broadcaster confirmed to Parliament in is annual report on Wednesday, that Motsoeneng’s salary went up by R912 000, of which R279 000 was paid out in bonuses, from R2 872 000 to R3 784 000 during the current financial year.

“This near million-rand pay increase is incomprehensible given the ongoing crisis at the SABC. It should be remembered that Motsoeneng was earning just R334 000 as an SABC radio producer in 2010. Five years later and his salary has increased more than ten-fold,” Davis said.

“There can be no justification for Motsoeneng’s salary to increase by 31% in one year. The fact is that Motsoeneng should have been suspended and disciplined as directed by the Public Protector. Instead, he continues to rake in millions of Rands at the expense of the TV licence paying public”.

On Monday, Davis stated that the party would be submitting an application to have Communications Minister, Faith Muthambi, explain why the broadcaster, though its insurance company, had been paying the legal fees of Motsoeneng and former SABC chairperson Ellen Tshabalala.

Last year, Madonsela found that Motsoeneng lied about his academic qualifications after being appointed as COO, while Tshabalala resigned in December after a similar finding. The former’s case was handed over to the Bloemfontein Supreme Court of Appeal with judgement being reserved last week.