SABC’s top executives are being purged for standing against corruption in the Broadcasting Corporation.
Golden handshakes were paid to four SABC’s top executives since last year. And, the out of court settlement is more-like a purge of senior staff who either spoke-out, or commissioned reports about corruption at the SABC.
This is based on the revelations of a reply to DA parliamentary question.
According to the reply, SABC, since April 2015 paid out of court settlements to GCEO, Frans Matlala; Head of Internal Audit, Lorraine Francois; Head of Technology, Sipho Masinga; and Head of Legal Services, Mbulu Nepfumbada.
Relating this, the Democratic Alliance (DA) party indicated that Matlala was “suspended for allegedly co-operating with National Treasury looking into a R40m SABC studio ordered by Hlaudi Motsoeneng, which was never put out to tender.”
Also, the party highlighted that Francois was “suspended for commissioning an investigation and compiling a report on the SABC’s corporate governance operations.
She was reinstated after the SABC failed to prove allegations of misconduct against her,” DA added.
Similarly, Masinga was “suspended for compiling a report about the dilapidated state of SABC infrastructure.”
DA pointed-out that Masinga’s report noted that poor infrastructure was ‘aggravated by the appointment of incompetent persons who place moratoriums on maintenance and investments in new technology’.
While the reason behind Nepfumbada’s settlement is still uncertain, DA disclosed that it will submit an application in terms of the Promotion of Access to Information Act (PAIA) to get full disclosure of the amounts paid off to the senior executives if SABC fails to reveal the information in its annual report.
“The SABC continues to be plagued by endless issues including financial mismanagement, staff purges and issues of censorship, under the watch and with the support of Communications Minister, Faith Muthambi.
Staff who speak out against this are suspended or fired and often, without following due legal process. Out of court settlements are often reached, so that the SABC does not have to answer for its actions during litigation,” stated the DA.
With the forgoing, the party charged that it will without fear or favor, “continue to fight for the SABC to be brought out of the red into the black.”
Right leadership and proper financial management are core values that will help SABC become the ideal public broadcaster, DA argued.