SABC board plans to get back mil­lions from Hlaudi

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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.

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