Fury over huge bonus paid to SABC CEO

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THE BROAD­CAST­ING, Elec­tronic, Me­dia and Al­lied Work­ers Union (Be­mawu) says the SABC is not in the fi­nan­cial quag­mire it claims to be in and which had pre­vented it from meet­ing its con­trac­tual com­mit­ments.

This comes af­ter it was re­vealed that the broad­caster’s act­ing group chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer, Nomsa Philiso, re­ceived a R877 000 bonus.

Be­mawu spokesper­son Hannes du Buis­son said the amount awarded to the broad­caster’s CEO was shock­ing and re­vealed a dif­fer­ent state of its fi­nan­cials.

“We find it shock­ing that that kind of amount is paid out, es­pe­cially at this point. It shows that the SABC is in a much bet­ter fi­nan­cial po­si­tion than ev­ery­one has been told,” said Du Buis­son.

He said the bonus made them ques­tion the SABC’s real fi­nan­cial sta­tus.

The broad­caster also had to scram­ble to ex­plain the bonus to Par­lia­ment.

DA spokesper­son Phumzile van Damme asked the broad­caster how it was able to af­ford a bonus or com­mis­sion of al­most R1 mil­lion while the com­pany was mak­ing huge losses.

The SABC’s lat­est an­nual re­port re­vealed that Philiso earned a to­tal of R3.37m in the year ended March 2016, which in­cluded bonuses and com­mis­sions.

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