SABC slams 'twisted statements'

2014-02-22 09:00

Johannesburg - A media report that SABC acting chief operations officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng would remain in his job despite a damning Public Protector report was condemned by the public broadcaster on Friday.

"The article... twisted statements made by the chairperson around this issue, with the aim of painting a picture that the chairperson is undermining the report released by the Public Protector," spokesperson Kaizer Kganyago said in a statement.

The Mail & Guardian quoted SABC board chairperson Zandile Tshabalala, the only person with the authority to dismiss him, as saying she would "absolutely want him to stay".

"Of course we want him to stay."

Kganyago said the report created the impression that the SABC's board had already discussed the Public Protector's report in detail and reached a decision on the action it would take.

On Monday, Public Protector Thuli 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 R29m, 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.

On Thursday Tshabalala responded to the report in a statement.

"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," she said.

The board would consider the report further and seek legal advice before deciding on a course of action.

Kganyago said that Thursday's statement was the only official comment on the matter from the board until further notice.

  • John Lonsdale - 2014-02-22 09:03

    Your in crisis.

      Revelgen - 2014-02-22 10:23

      It's an ANC mouthpiece. Of COURSE it is crooked. And corrupt. Poorly-educated Motsoeneng's salary increased from R1.5 million to R2.4 million in one year. Then he 'rapidly increased the salaries' of his mates resulting in the broadcaster footing an 'unprecedented salary bill ESCALATION of R29 000 000.' Just how long do these ANC crooks think they can get away with earning massive salaries for doing very little? And, more to the point, when will voters wake up to the fact that our national budget income does not grow on trees, it has to be PAID by an ever-more hard-pressed bunch of taxpayers (e.g. only about 5.6 million out of 53 million people actually pay income tax). So the only way to pay fraudulent massive salaries like this is to lessen service delivery - i.e. ROB THE POOR! Please, please get that into your heads next time you vote, voters.

  • Cool2BeBlue - 2014-02-22 09:06

    Disgusting ANC condom comrades. THey are robbing this country blind and nothing is being done about it? WTF!!!! How is this fair? This cant continue. We should split the country in half. They can have the mines. Cape Independence. !!!

      Khonzeka Tyindyi - 2014-02-22 09:57

      I do not deny that the ANC is messing up, but the is no justification for a split.Why don't go to Europe man.We do not need you here.

      Lodrick Mdabula - 2014-02-22 10:04

      Khonzeka i support u man, u are 100 percent correct

      Cool2BeBlue - 2014-02-22 10:07

      Yes there is. You and people like you are the justification for the split. You should go back to the congo!!!

      Ansie Fourie - 2014-02-22 10:12

      Khonzeka and Lodrick go back to dark Africa

      Revelgen - 2014-02-22 10:28

      Yep, the Congo would be good, looking as it does right now. So off you go Tyindyi and Mdabula, that's where you originally migrated southwards from. But you say: 'I was born here'. Ummm... so was I, and my family. And I have paid hundreds of thousands in taxes over the years for the ANC to rape and pillage. I don't care what the colour of the people in government is, I just don't want to pay for crooks to be in power.

      Buhle Kubheka - 2014-02-22 10:29

      Cape what? So you would separate yourself from South Africa than help us kick out the mess we have in this country. patriotism is dying fast... Devote, love and lets support your country, not split it.

  • kalabafazi - 2014-02-22 09:08

    I'm beginning to wonder if there is any real purpose to the public protector. Even though she uncovers eveidence of corruption at every level in government, we have yet to see any one actually dismissed or sentenced for these crimes. The reports are read and put to one side with no consequences.

      criticallyhonest - 2014-02-22 09:45

      She is appointed by who?

      Buhle Kubheka - 2014-02-22 10:33

      @honest Remember she does not have any power to prosecute. Only if she was given the power to Prosecute, Public Protector and Prosecutor (Hmmmmmmmmmm, that will be the day)

  • Tekwane Rsa - 2014-02-22 09:14

    Its just mind boggling!!! But just same old ...same old!! ”Good for you didn't expect anything less from our good old ANC bros !! oooooops going to vomid....

  • Liz - 2014-02-22 09:18

    So many spokespersons and spin doctors in this country! Who is their spokesperson?

      Tekwane Rsa - 2014-02-22 10:50

      Yep and non of them make any sense...mumbling repeating themselves trow in the word apartheid and your well away!!!

  • Juan Pieterse - 2014-02-22 09:23

    Fire them all! Who needs them??

  • Tian Nel - 2014-02-22 09:23

    earning R2,4 million a year and he didnt even pass matric.what a joke

      June Kotze - 2014-02-22 09:46

      Well Tian - look at the education level of No 1! Clearly the requirement to be appointed to top level posts are the following and in this order: 1. You must be corrupt and capable of commiting brazen acts of fraud 2. The lower the education level - the better,this way they can ensure that these individuals just become puppets of our corrupt, immoral government- they most certainly do not want competent, educated people with morals who may ask questions and do that which is morally correct - So sad!

      Apostle Ncakeni - 2014-02-22 09:53

      Does education mean anything in SA? Sam Shilowa was a GP Premier from being a secirity without matric. JZ is a country's president without matric and how much does he earn more than a medical doctor. This fellow from SABC does not have matric and earns a huge salary with fake qualifications and the chairperson wants to keep him. What it means fruad and corruption means nothing in the gonernment after thdir manifesto to fight corruption

      Tekwane Rsa - 2014-02-22 10:47

      And there are wonderful educated black men with degrees walking the straight and narrow.... Ok it fugues brains won't do in government no thinking for yourself .. A big no no!!

      Ernica Stanford - 2014-02-22 12:08

      The whole SAfrican government is a worldwide joke!!!

      Colin Malan - 2014-02-22 21:52

      @Tian,, IS HE EARNING IT ???? They are covering up and closing ranks already. He will get away with it , just like all the top ANC card holders. No shame.

  • Stephanes Heunis - 2014-02-22 09:32

    Here come a golden that moegeng can go into business and f'..up the company in the name off Bee.jakob said so.

      Tekwane Rsa - 2014-02-22 10:42

      Sure his not going anywhere....

  • Altus Kirsten - 2014-02-22 09:34

    SABC is not worth the licence we are forced to pay. Just switch off the lights and let DSTV continue to run the show.

  • Theuns Jacobs - 2014-02-22 09:40

    and zuma response: hahahahaha...!

  • Jacqui Daane Van Rensburg - 2014-02-22 09:53

    No matter how many reports and no matter how much evidence of wrong doing, they will never accept blame. Respect, honesty and integrity are scarce in some circles.

      Tekwane Rsa - 2014-02-22 10:39

      Understatement of the year!!

  • Jurie Nel - 2014-02-22 09:59

    This means one of two things. Either M&G have seriously, deliberately and maliciously misquoted the chairperson, or there is some serious spin being applied here. I have my suspicions, as a spokesperson has been appointed to do the spinning, so that the chair does not need to be caught out in a lie. If Mail and Guardian can prove its case I would actually like it to sue the sabc for defamation. Not for the money - we the taxpayers would have to foot that bill - but for a ten-minute apology on ALL sabc stations, properly advertised in advance, by the board chairperson (NOT a spokesperson), to every South African in general and to the Mail & Guardian in particular, for deliberately misleading the public, for its financial and operational mismanagement, and for its violation of its sole purpose of being the public broadcaster in favour of being the anc's mouthpiece. We'll see, then, if people are actually shamed by their shameful conduct.

      Olivia Bryant - 2014-02-22 19:24

      Instead of...'yor electricity usage is high, switch off-geysers,swimming pool pumps, blah, blah, blah!!! You corrupt, retarded morons- F@#K-OFF back to the bush. WE pay taxes, electricity bills AND we are reasonably educated !!

  • Elliot Menziwa - 2014-02-22 10:00

    If the sabc is going to punish Hlaudi,, why not suspend him at once...pending further look like hlaudi is part of the untouchables within the sabc.

      Robert Burroughs - 2014-02-22 10:15

      Elliot, why bother suspending him? If he got suspended as we used to be years back, pre cANCer, without pay, well fine, but to be sitting at home, doing nothing but sipping Johnny at the public's expense? B.S. Suspension without pay. If not guilty then he gets paid!

  • Hazel Caldwell - 2014-02-22 10:01

    Why did they can the "Big Debate"?

  • kpacesa - 2014-02-22 10:24

    Taxpayers unite and create a ruckus and demand he get sacked as well as anyone at SABC who feels Hlaudi should stay after a damning report

  • Mthandazo Mk Nkiwane - 2014-02-22 10:42

    only Da supporters can beleave what m@g partie says.

  • Gerhard Vermaak - 2014-02-22 10:46

    The fact remains that a person has been appointed in a position he is not qualified for, he then went on to abuse this position, in any private institution this would not have happened why should this arrogant person not be fired immediately. It is a smack in the face of the tax payer who year after year have to bail out the SABC due to poor performance. Something must be done to these public enterprises that have become a cash cow for idiots who think that the money they are spending is theirs to spend ENOUGH!!!!!

      Roger Pacey - 2014-02-22 12:43

      And we hear more and more frequently opinions on how academic qualifications shouldn't be the main consideration for a job candidate. So the government spends the largest proportion of its budget on something that can can be disregarded in a job application. Perhaps they can cut the education budget and spend more on poverty alleviation. Alternatively, is this an unintended admission that the quality of education in this country is not up to scratch?

  • Stephen AndKathy Whiteley - 2014-02-22 10:48

    What is difficult about answering the Public Protector's findings? These were that Motsoeneng did not complete Matric as he said he did, and he received a year's salary increase of 37.5%. Stephen

      Stephen AndKathy Whiteley - 2014-02-22 21:09

      My maths is bad. The increase was 62.5%

  • Kamogelo Majoe - 2014-02-22 10:52

    SABC must get it's act together.

  • Lynn Hugo - 2014-02-22 10:58

    We are all blowing hot air. The whole government is on the same page. They still keep there jobs. Education non existent. Jobs for pals

  • Mike Chandler - 2014-02-22 11:05

    Back to the age of denialism. When a crisis gets too big and those in charge are incapable of doing anything about it, then the next step is to simply say: What crisis? There is no crisis. Mbeki did this with Aids and Zimbabwe. Now the ANC deployees are doing it with the SABC. When the Public Protector, after a detailed investigation, describes SABC as "pathologically dysfunctional", then Madam Chair, you do have a crisis whether you may think so or not. The rest of the country are no so blind and fooled as you.

  • Erna Westdyk - 2014-02-22 11:12

    Of course - they never mean what they say and say what they mean!

  • John Short - 2014-02-22 11:53

    From what we have seen of the SABC top management I don't think they have much credibility in anything they say

  • Les Eberhardt - 2014-02-22 11:58

    This is exactly why the ANC ruled SA is on a downward slide!! They don't give a damn for qualifications and education, as long as your skin is black you can F-up and steal all you want and stuff the voting public!!

  • Robert Keene - 2014-02-22 14:15

    Bring back the test pattern - even Motsoeneng can manage that!

  • Mfundisi Mfundisi - 2014-02-22 15:55

    Lied about his matric. Dealt himself a fraudulent salary. A liar and a thief. Simple. Good grace to step down... No. Doubt he knows the meaning of integrity, shame or grace. Just another pompous, self-serving, arrogant, shameless, avaricious, grubby, self-important ZANC member

  • michael.kleber.376 - 2014-02-22 20:02

    Just pay themselves huge tax payer funded salaries and cannot do the job

  • jungleboy - 2014-02-23 06:53

    The ANC need corrptable, lowly educated people at the SABC to take orders without question. No intelligent person with scruples would tolerate the shenanigans. It's ANC policy, they couldn't care less what anyone says including the public protector. Marxist ideology demands that state control the information highway at any cost.

  • Kevin Marsh - 2014-02-24 07:07

    SABC - TV without technivcal or artistic skills . Eish , don't worry . Government bailout with money taken from the taxpayer will be sought to solve these pressing problems . Eish

  • Henk Venter - 2014-02-24 10:20

    Why am I not surprised? I mean just follow the government..... soon the sabc will build this guy his own mansion...

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