SABC board plans to get back millions from Hlaudi
THE SABC’s interim board plans to sue Hlaudi Motsoeneng to get back R11,4 million that the previous board reportedly awarded him in 2016, Times Live reported yesterday . This was as part of a bonus of R33 million in the sale of the public broadcaster’s archives to MultiChoice.
The interim board also plans to lay criminal charges against Motsoeneng on this matter.
SABC spokesperson Kaizer Kganyago was not available for comment yesterday.
Meanwhile, the Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) yesterday also laid charges of high treason and corruption against Public Service Minister Faith Muthambi at the Brixton police station in Johannesburg after it emerged in the #GuptaLeaks that Muthambi had emailed confidential government policy documents to one of the three Gupta brothers.
In an affidavit to police, Outa’s head of legal affairs Stefanie Fick said South Africa had been rocked by the revelations contained in emails leaked from the Gupta family.
She said Outa received a copy of the emails from an unknown source. “Among the Gupta emails was evidence of misconduct on the part of Azwihangwisi Faith Muthambi that constitutes crimes of corruption and treason,” Fick said.
She said that in July and August 2014, Muthambi sent a series of emails containing confidential information about executive policy and the scope of her ministerial powers to Tony Gupta.
Portfolio director of special projects at Outa, Dominique Msibi, said Muthambi’s abuse of power had led to the SABC finding itself billions of rands in debt.
“Faith Muthambi knowingly and deliberately shared three confidential cabinet memoranda, through emails with Tony Gupta, Duduzane Zuma and Sahara’s CEO Ashu Chawla.
“These people should never have been privy to any ministerial communication and policy discussions,” Msibi said.
In 2015, the Western Cape High Court found Muthambi acted irrationally and unlawfully in her appointment of former SABC COO Motsoeneng.
This was after the public protector made findings including abuse of power and maladministration against him.
Recently, political leaders and civil society organisations laid charges against President Jacob Zuma, former Eskom CEO Brian Molefe, his successor Matshela Koko and Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba for allegedly being involved in state capture, as revealed in the #GuptaLeaks.