SABC to seek advice on Madonsela report

2014-02-20 21:35
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Johannesburg - The SABC will seek legal advice on Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's report on the organisation, it said on Thursday.

"We would like to assure the public and all our stakeholders that the SABC is not in a crisis and that we will continue to fulfil all the obligations that we have committed to," SABC board chairperson Zandile Tshabalala said in a statement.

Earlier, lawyers for SABC acting COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng said they would act on Madonsela's report as soon as his employers decided on his fate.

"We will wait for the SABC board and Communications Minister [Yunus Carrim] to make a decision on the report, and we will act if their decision has a bearing on my client," Zola Majavu told reporters in Johannesburg.

"We are going to confront this head-on in a responsible manner and within the ambit of the law. We will go all the way to the Constitutional Court if possible to defend my client's integrity."

On Monday, Madonsela released the report, titled "When Ethics Fail", and found Motsoeneng's appointment was irregular, as was his salary progression. She found his salary increased from R1.5m to R2.4m in one year.

Motsoeneng rapidly increased the salaries of various staff members, resulting in the broadcaster footing an unprecedented salary bill escalation of R29 million, Madonsela found.

According to her report, Motsoeneng committed fraud by stating in his application form that he completed matric at Metsimantsho High School in QwaQwa.

Majavu said Madonsela's report was "not gospel" and it was unfair to label him a fraud and say he did not have matric.

"Now that the report is out, people rush to police to lay charges against my client as if the public protector's report is gospel... it is their right to open a case but they should also respect my client's rights."

Read more on:    sabc  |  yunus carrim  |  hlaudi motsoeneng  |  thuli madonsela

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