As the heat surrounding Hlaudi Motsoeneng deepens, Broadcasting, Electronic, Media and Allied Workers Union (Bemawu) calls for an urgent freezing of the former SABC COO’s account until he is cleared from the R570m contract allegations.
Bemawu said this on Monday pointing out that the former SABC boss, Motsoeneng has to be properly investigated to clarify that he had not received any bonus for negotiating a R570m contract with MultiChoice’s DStv in 2013.
Report has it that the SABC’s acting CEO, James Aguma approved board’s decision to pay Motsoeneng R10m as a reward for negotiating the multi million rand contract with MultiChoice to create SABC channels on DStv.
Johannesburg weekend newspapers reported that the cash reward was paid into out last week despite findings that the payment goes against SABC policy as the board did not formally approve the disbursement.
Motsoeneng who has been suspended by court over issues surrounding his appointment as chief operating officer, is reportedly seen within the broadcasters vicinity
Though he is currently without a clearly defined role in the SABC, SABC board is said to be planning to re appoint him as acting chief operating officer until December.
On this, Bemawu which claim to be representing more than 1, 000 SABC employees, said it also oppose the proposed redeployment of Motsoeneng at the broadcaster.
“Any acting position should be occupied by an SABC employee … and should he be appointed to any new post, that post has to be advertised,” said Du Buisson.
Speaking further on the alleged payment, Bemawu president Hannes du Buisson said if it was true that Motsoeneng received the R10m bonus, the broadcaster would have effectively made an illegal and unethical payment.
“We are talking to our lawyers to see if we can launch an urgent application that the money be frozen in his account pending a thorough investigation to establish why and who authorized it.” he said.
While Hlaudi Motsoeneng, on his own part has refused to confirm claims he’s been paid a massive bonus, an SABC board member, Krish Naidoo calls on the National Treasury to intervene in the matter.
However, the portfolio committee on communications said it would in two weeks, meet with the SABC board to discuss Motsoeneng’s position.
“The board has a fiduciary responsibility to provide corporate governance to the management of SABC and the corporation at large. It is against this backdrop that the committee seeks to meet with the board to hear how it is dealing with the court judgment. It is important that the rule of law be upheld and respected by state-owned enterprises, government departments and agencies,” said portfolio committee chairman Humphrey Maxegwana.