The Democratic Alliance says Hlaudi Motsoeneng does not deserve any bonus for his job as SABC chief, instead, the party suggests he should be dismissed.
The party said this on Monday morning after the broadcast corporation’s acting CEO James Aguma, announced his plans to pay Hlaudi Motsoeneng a bonus for negotiating a questionable deal between the SABC and MultiChoice – three years ago.
In a letter that was distributed to the board this week, Aguma said the SABC owes the COO compensation for the success of the existing contract including the Encore channel that amounts to several millions of rand. Hence, would be paid a success fee because he “single-handedly negotiated this contract”.
To this, DA MP Phumzile van Damme said he believes that the SABC chief should be denied any sort of bonus, and instead should be relieved of his position.
In a statement released on Monday morning, Van Damme pointed out once more that the party’s concerns centers on Motsoneng’ s competency as COO of the SABC.
“Acting SABC CEO James Aguma wants to pay Motsoeneng a bonus for negotiating a deal between the SABC and Multichoice three years ago,”
“Motsoeneng most certainly does not deserve a bonus. He must be fired.
“Not only has the SABC been rocked by scandal after scandal with Motsoeneng at the helm, he has overseen the financial mismanagement of the public broadcaster.”
Van Damme called for a full-scale parliamentary inquiry, referring to it as ‘necessary’, saying his party is not satisfied with a single four hour meeting to “delve into the deep-set institutional rot currently facing the SABC.”
The DA has always stood to question the shady dealings in some controversial issues. It has repeatedly made its concerns public, and is still desperate to launch a full-scale inquiry into mismanagement at the state broadcaster.
In response to the reports of a bonus, the DA will pose questions to the Minister of Communications, Faith Muthambi, at a briefing tomorrow.