Seriously, what is up at the SABC?!

By admin
21 February 2014

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's report on the SABC is scathing.

The SABC has once again been dealt a massive blow following the release of a damning report by Public Protector Advocate Thuli Madonsela.

Just two weeks ago, the group chief executive officer Lulama Makhoba resigned under mysterious circumstances. It later emerged in media reports that there was a power struggle between Makhoba’s office and that of acting group chief operating officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng.

Madonsela’s report, entitled When Governance and Ethics Fail, comes after axed SABC Chief People Officer (CPO) Phumelele Nzimande approached the office of the Public Protector on 11 November 2011, requesting an investigation into allegations financial mismanagement, financial expenditure and interference by disgraced former Communications Minister Dina Pule and her department.

Unlike Motsoeneng, who was found to not even have a matric certificate, Mokhobo has a BA degree from the University of Botswana and Swaziland and an MSc from Utah State University. She was crucial in leading a turnaround strategy at the SABC. She was appointed by axed communications minister Dina Pule in January 2012.

According to Madonsela’s report, several former SABC employees, including former SABC senior executive Charlotte Mampane other former SABC employees, lodged complaints against the SABC.

In releasing her findings , Madonsela found that: • Motsoeneng’s appointment had been irregular; • SABC Board chairperson Ben Ngubane acted irregularly when he ordered that the qualification requirements for the appointment to the position of COO be altered to remove academic qualifications as previously advertised; • Motsoeneng’s received salary appraisals three times in one year from R 1.5 million to R2.4 million in one instance and from R122 961 to R211 172 (63% increase) in another, constituting improper conduct and maladministration;

 The SABC human resources department failed to keep proper records regarding Motsoeneng’s documentation;

• Motsoeneng would have never been appointed in 1995 had he not lied about his qualifications and that he repeated that lie in 2003 when he applied for the post of current affairs executive producer to which he should never have been appointed;

• Motsoeneng had a role in firing senior staff members leading to the loss of millions of rands in settlements. His involvement was found to be an of abuse of power; and

• Irregular and rapid salary progressions contributed to the National Broadcaster’s unprecedented salary bill escalating by R29 million.

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