The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has spent over R22 million to pay for the legal expenses of its former Chief Operating Officer, Hlaudi Motsoeneng.
In a reply to Democratic Alliance (DA) parliamentary question on Thursday, former Communications Minister, Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane, reveals that the SABC has since 2013 paid a huge number of rands in legal fees for Motsoeneng, saying the amount “might increase as the other matters are progressing.”
A portion of the legal fees incorporates, however, are not constrained to move made by:
- SABC News anchor Vuyo Mvoko – R1 186 184
- Former SABC head of news, Verona Duwarkah – R505 985
- Helen Suzman Foundation – R1 659 490
- Democratic Alliance – R5 370 828
- Various Board Matters – R4 990 985
DA Shadow Minister of Communications, Phumzile Van Damme said R22 million by a long shot surpasses the R15 million taxpayers money paid on former President Jacob Zuma’s legal fees.
“Just like the other litigious delinquent, Jacob Zuma, Motsoeneng must pay this money back to the public purse. The public ought not to pay for this one man destroying ball’s legal fees,” said Van Damme.
Other than the R21 million, the Special Investigating Unit is investigating in Motseoneng’s obligation to the SABC. They ought to add R22 million to owe R43 million.
Hlaudi left a trail of devastation afterward.
“He flouted policy processes. Purge staff, brought the SABC’s newsroom into disrepute and left the public broadcaster on the brink of collapse,” added Van Damme.
Van Damme said the DA has called on the SABC to hold Hlaudi responsible for this excessive amount of money.
“That can be much better spent on paying off its debts, investing in content development, finding new talent, informing and educating the public, and restoring the SABC’s image as a credible and reliable news source,” said Van Damme.