SABC 'looting' compromises quality - SACP

2014-03-02 20:12
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Johannesburg - The quality of local news and programming was being threatened by questionable financial management at the public broadcaster, the SACP said on Sunday.

"The looting of the SABC over a long period has had a disastrous impact on the morale of journalists and the quality of the SABC's programmes," SA Communist Party (SACP) said in statement on Sunday.

The SACP met in Johannesburg over the weekend for its central committee meeting.

"Much of local news reporting is shallow, unprofessional, and focused on anti-ANC personalities," said general secretary Blade Nzimande.

He said other SABC programmes glorify consumerist lifestyles of wealthy socialites.

"The central committee noted the Public Protector's report on the situation at the SABC.

"Whilst the report might be uneven in certain respects, if only 10% of its findings are correct, there is clearly deep rot in the public broadcaster."

"The Public Protector's report confirms the same pattern of systematic corruption, mismanagement, inappropriate appointments and the persecution of whistle blowers that has already been exposed by the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) some two years ago."

In February, Public Protector Thuli Madonsela described the appointment of SABC acting chief operations officer (COO) Hlaudi Motsoeneng as irregular in her investigation.

Her investigation touched on allegations around the appointment and a crooked salary progression.

"The allegation that Mr Motsoeneng's salary progression was irregular is substantiated in that he received salary appraisals three times in one year as alleged, hiking his salary as executive manager [for] stakeholder relations from R1.5 million to R2.4m.

"His salary progression as the acting COO concomitantly rose irregularly from R122 961 to R211 172 (63% increase) in 12 months and was in violation of the SABC personnel regulations and constitutes improper conduct and maladministration," she said.

Complaints against Motsoeneng were raised with Madonsela by former SABC staff, including former chief operations officer Charlotte Mampane and ex-SABC senior executive Phunelele Ntombela-Nzimande.

Motsoeneng was also investigated for fraudulently misrepresenting his qualifications to the SABC, including that he had passed matric when he applied for employment.

Madonsela said allegations that Motsoeneng committed fraud by stating in his application form that he had completed matric at Metsimantsho High School in QwaQwa were also substantiated.

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