SABC chief operating officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng has fired the public broadcaster’s head of television, Verona Duwarkah.
As gathered in the latest controversy in the SABC; the experienced content and financial management executive was shown the exit door after she allegedly declined to sign off on contracts with local production houses.
BuzzSouthAfrica learnt the contracts were negotiated by Motsoeneng but did not go through due process.
The axed TV head was appointed in 2012 after she brilliantly managed the broadcast of the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
She was also the master brain behind the broadcast of former president Nelson Mandela’s funeral.
Meanwhile, Duwarkah has confirmed that her contract has been terminated; but won’t speak further on the matter.
In response to the development, SABC spokesperson Kaizer Kganyago declined to also speak further on the matter.
Kganyago rather maintained that the broadcaster “will not discuss internal business matters in the media space”.
“The SABC will not be deterred in delivering on its mandate, as it is aware of parties internally as well as externally who have an agenda to attempt to destabilize the SABC in its business operations,” he added.
SABC Chief Operating Officer Defiles Report
The experienced content and financial management executive has been replaced by Sully Motsweni.
Motsweni is an SABC staffer mentioned along with Motsoeneng in the Public Protector’s 2014 report, titled When Governance and Ethics Fail.
In ‘When Governance and Ethics Fail’ report published two years ago, SA’s Public Protector, Thuli Madonsela found that Motsweni was unlawfully appointed to various positions by Motsoeneng.
The COO did not only stop at that, Madonsela also found that Motsoeneg irregularly increased Motsweni’s salary, pushed her to the position of SABC head of monitoring, compliance and operation service.
All these were apparently done without approval from the SABC’s executive committee, the report found.
Also, reports said Motsoeneg’s buddy, Motsweni has been promoted again, in defiance of the report.