The Democratic Alliance is accusing the SABC board executive for corporate affairs and former chief operating officer, Hlaudi Motsoeneng of offering R10,000 ‘sweetener deals’ to staff at the SABC to gain favour.
The party which has been strongly fighting to unseat Motsoeneng from State’s broadcasting corporation said at a meeting on Wednesday that the embattled SABC executive chief told staff at the bargaining unit that “I have found a sweetener for you, Hlaudi has found an extra R10,000 for you”.
“The payment of R10 000 will be to all staff excluding middle, senior and top management (scale code 300 and below) and is said to amount to R32 million and would require board approval,” DA’s shadow Minister of Communications, Phumzile van Damme explained.
This claim by the DA comes at a time the broadcaster announced it was at a net loss of R411 million over the past financial year.
SABC Acting CEO James Aguma told a media briefing last month that the broadcaster incurred expenditure, but do not receive the advertising or government grant to match it.
The DA said it’s was clear that the “sweetener deal” is nothing but an attempt for Hlaudi Motsoeneng to get SABC staff on his side as a last ditch attempt to save his hide.
“Hlaudi Motsoeneng should be nowhere near the SABC; never mind looting its coffers and further adding to the public broadcaster’s losses of close to half a billion last financial year.”
The party ended by saying it will be submitting parliamentary questions to ascertain which budget this money comes from, how it was approved and whether the board was involved in the process.
“I will also write to the Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Communications requesting that all legal matters be expedited so that the parliamentary inquiry into the SABC can begin in earnest,” Phumzile van Damme said
The party also said it looks forward to participating in the SABC Parliamentary Inquiry, which should see not only the SABC board dismissed, but also Motsoeneng and Acting CEO, James Aguma.
“The DA is determined to fight for the independence of the SABC, fight against the waste of public money and build a public broadcaster we can all be proud of”.