Mpofu has twelve mil­lion rea­sons to smile

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - SIYABONGA MKHWANAZI

FOR­MER SABC boss Dali Mpofu has sealed a deal that will see the cash-strapped pub­lic broad­caster pay him a golden hand­shake just short of R12 mil­lion.

Mpofu said yes­ter­day he wel­comed the mul­ti­mil­lion-rand pay­out, and was in “no hurry” to look for a new job.

The set­tle­ment nets Mpofu R6.7m in terms of “con­trac­tual obli­ga­tions” as well as an ex­tra R900 000 legally due to him, while the Depart­ment of Com­mu­ni­ca­tions will pay him com­pen­sa­tion of R4.4m, the SABC said in a state­ment.

Foot­ing Mpofu’s le­gal bill will cost the SABC R2m.

But op­po­si­tion par­ties erupted in fury, with the DA say­ing Mpofu’s “bad man­age­ment” had cost the SABC mil­lions, while Cope said it would call for the pay­out to be put on ice un­til the Au­di­tor-Gen­eral’s probe into “ques­tion­able man­age­ment prac­tices” at the SABC had been con­cluded.

“While there may be good rea­son why the SABC in­terim board had to get rid of the in­di­vid­ual at any price, we trust that this set­tle­ment will not ex­on­er­ate Mpofu from ex­ec­u­tive re­spon­si­bil­ity for the fi­nan­cial and man­age­rial cri­sis that he leaves be­hind,” Cope’s Phillip Dex­ter said.

The deal was ne­go­ti­ated by SABC in­terim board chair­woman Irene Charn­ley.

DEAL: Dali Mpofu.

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