Communications Minister Nomvula Mokonyane has on Thursday revealed in Parliament the remuneration packages of the South African Broadcasting Corporation’s top three executives.
Democratic Alliance (DA) Shadow Minister of Communications Phumzile Van Damme described salary revelation of the top three executives as a marginal decrease.
“The Chief Executive Officer, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer are earning R5.1 million, R4 million and R3 million respectively.
The total remuneration for executive packages thus stands at R12.1 million, But this is a marginal R1.2 million decrease compared to the inflated R13.3 million paid to top management last financial year, because of huge yearly increases during the Hlaudi Motsoeneng era,” said Van Damme.
Van Damme warned that Public Broadcaster is misleading the public when they showed that they have significantly reduced the salaries of “the executive management.”
“It is a pity that the Minister Mokonyane had to reveal these figures today [Wednesday].
The DA has asked SABC board to reveal the salaries of their top management, which they refused to do, even when asked in Parliament.
All we asked was for the board to play open cards with the public, which they refused to do,” said Van Damme.
Van Damme said National Assembly heard today [Thursday] during a reply to a Parliamentary question that the SABC has not conducted skills audit before considering staff retrenchments.
DA will now write to the Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee of Communications to request an urgent briefing by the SABC Board to account for their secrecy and the bungling disaster waiting to happen that will be their retrenchment process.
The DA is of the view that the SABC should have instituted a proper skills and salary audit before proposing staff reduction.
“The SABC board is not inspiring confidence and their attitude towards accountability needs to be open.
We will not allow for a slide towards Hlaudi-esque arrogance. They must nip it in the bud,” added Van Damme