Not long after court declared his appointment unlawful, embattled Hlaudi Motsoeneng finds himself in a fresh fraud case that could finally see his end in the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC)
A recently released document has roped the former SABC executive, Hlaudi Motsoeneng in a significant procurement fraud
According to Eyewitness News which claimed to be in the possession of documents and board minutes released by a whistle-blower, the document shows that a legitimate tender for refurbishing a studio was abruptly canceled and awarded to a company called Vision View.
Though the actual prices for the refurbishment were not mentioned by the news media, it indicated that prices appeared to be grossly overinflated and that the Finance managers who attempted to bring the procurement irregularities to the board’s attention were suspended.
It shows the cancellation of a valid tender by various parties, including Motsoeneng and then CFO James Aguma, who is now the acting CEO
The documents claimed that the cancellation forms part of a collusive deal to award R42 million to refurbish a multipurpose studio.
Acting group executive of risk government Tian Olivier a reported to the board about fraud at the SABC, but the letter was stopped from reaching the board. Olivier was then suspended.
Days back, the Organisation Against Tax Abuse (Outa) says it has information that Hlaudi Motsoeneng used money from the public broadcaster to enrich himself.
Outa laid criminal charges against Motsoeneng, and several former SABC board members on charges including fraud, misrepresentation and racketeering claiming that the charges are related to Motsoeneng and the board’s alleged misrepresentation of his matric certificate.
“The continuation of his appointment by the board and various managers within the SABC, they too become co-perpetrators of that offence and need to be held accountable.”
Duvenage at the time said they have information that Motsoeneng personally benefited from an agreement between the SABC and MultiChoice.
“Hlaudi Motsoeneng was enriched by over R11 million. Our concern is that this is the sale of government property, archived material… the organisation enriched him of that illegal sale.” Outa claimed.