SABC boss earns more than Zuma, Madonsela

2014-09-04 00:00

CAPE TOWN — The latest storm around SABC COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng is that his salary has increased with almost 800% in four years.

With the R2,872 million that he received in the previous book year, when he was the acting COO, his annual income is higher than the R2,623 million that President Jacob Zuma gets.

Motsoeneng’s income was yesterday revealed in Minister of Communications Faith Muthambi’s answer to a parliamentary question by the DA.

The average annual remuneration for a COO in South Africa is R891 144, according to the website of human resources consultants PayScale Human Capital. Motsoeneng’s basic annual salary was R367 584,49 on April 1, 2010, and the R897 000 “expense allowance” he received in 2013-2014 is double this salary.

DA shadow minister of communications Gavin Davis said Motsoeneng’s rise in the SABC was remarkable, especially in view of the findings against him by the public protector.

Advocate Thuli Madonsela, who earns about R1 million less a year than Motsoeneng, found in a report that was published in February:

• Motsoeneng had lied about his matric certificate;

• he had transgressed SABC regulations by increasing his salary in one year from R1,5 million to R2,4 million;

• he was responsible for other irregular salary increases that saw the SABC’s salaries bill rise to about R29 million; and

• he had purged the SABC of all senior staff who did not agree with him.

Sekoetlane Phamodi of the SOS Coalition lobby group, said Motsoeneng’s high salary would not be a problem, as long as these increases were made using the right procedures.

Given the protector’s findings and Muthambi’s reaction to them last week, Phamodi has his doubts.

Muthambi had to explain her actions to the PP’s report to the portfolio committee on communications.

Muthambi’s submission stated the salary increases were approved within the terms of the HR policy and procedures of the SABC, but she refused to answer any questions, saying the matter was sub judice.

Motsoeneng was appointed as the SABC’s COO in July, according to Muthambi, to adhere to Madonsela’s recommendation to appoint a suitably qualified person in the position.

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