Buzzsouthafrica understands that Maluti-A-Phofung, a Free State municipality is organizing a “homecoming” concert for former SABC chief financial officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng in Phuthaditjhaba.
The party is scheduled to hold on Saturday at 12 noon at a local stadium with music stars such as Rebecca Malope and Dr. Malinga billed to perform.
Residents are said to have been invited through posters picturing Motsoeneng, mayor Vusi Tshabalala and the municipality’s code of arms.
The municipality will also host popular gospel artist Malope, Free State’s own gospel star Teboho Moloi, convicted killer Molemo ‘Jub Jub’ Maarohanye, and Doc Shebeleza, who would hit the stadium to entertain the crowd.
Unhappy with the development, the Democratic Alliance (DA) in Maluti-A-Phofung has since launched an investigation into the event.
The party’s councillor in the municipality, Alison Oates said on Twitter that the investigation will cover the cost of the event and its sponsors, adding that Motsoeneng isn’t worth celebrating.
Oates lashed out at the struggling municipality for throwing an undeserving party for the embattled former SABC Coo “who lied about his own qualifications to get a senior job and then inflated his own salary… ran the broadcaster like his own fiefdom.”
“It cannot be right for a municipality in serious debt, to celebrate the disgraced Motsoeneng, there was absolutely nothing to celebrate Motsoeneng’s sketchy career and his plunging of the SABC into financial chaos,” she added.
Maluti a Phofung, a Free State municipality in debt & with poor service delivery, will be hosting a stadium concert to honour Hlaudi. SMH! pic.twitter.com/E9VRPIhbTo
— Phumzile Van Damme (@zilevandamme) March 24, 2017
Following Motsoeneng’s disgraceful exit from the SABC, the public broadcaster, recently conceded that it’s currently facing a financial crisis.
Several sources at the broadcasters reportedly accused Motsoeneng of leaving SABC in financial mess due to several operating practices he introduced during his reign.
Reports have it that SABC is currently dipping into its reserves and their current problems could turn out to be worse than those in 2008, which got solved with a huge bailout.
Last week, a report compiled by an ad-hoc committee of Parliament into the SABC recommended, among others, that President Jacob Zuma must seriously consider firing Communications Minister Faith Muthambi, on whose watch governance at the public broadcaster had degenerated.
The report has been adopted by the National Assembly.
A new interim SABC board was recently appointed after the previous board’s only surviving member, Professor Mbulaheni Maguvhe finally stepped down at the end of last year. Keobokile Mosweu was appointed the head of corporate affairs. He replaced Motsoeneng whose tenure was marked by financial and political controversy.