SABC pays out R42-million in golden handshakes

BY CHARL BOSCH - SEPTEMBER 17, 2015

The Democratic Alliance (DA) has lashed out at Communications Minister, Faith Muthambi, after it was revealed that South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) executives were paid R42 605 000 in so-called golden handshakes since 2009.

In a statement, DA Shadow Minister of Communications, Gavin Davis, said a response to a Parliamentary question submitted to Muthambi’s office in June, revealed that the biggest amount of R13.2-million was paid to former CEO and now Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) MP, Dalai Mpofu, when he resigned in 2009.

The next highest of R5.6-million was paid out to former CEO Lulama Mokhobo, who resigned in February last after reportedly being bullied and verbally abused by controversial Chief Operations Officers (COO), Hlaudi Motsoeneng.

Former news head Phil Molefe was paid R4.9-million two years ago following his decision not to blacklist EFF leader Julius Malema as requested by President Jacob Zuma, while former acting COO, Christine Mampane, received R4.3-million in 2012 after the SABC Board had been asked by Motsoeneng to fire her.

A final amount of R3.8-million was paid to former CEO Solly Mokoetle following his resignation in 2011 due to an “irretrievable breakdown” at the public broadcaster.

“As with other public entities, SABC executives are hired on the basis of their perceived loyalty to the dominant faction of the ANC instead of their ability to do the job,” Davis said.

“When deployed cadres fall out of political favour, they get dumped with a massive payout to soften the landing. It is time the ANC realised that, if it wants to stabilise the SABC, it must abolish its policy of cadre deployment and start hiring people based on their ability to do the job”.