Aguma is next to face the music at the SABC
JAMES Aguma will be the next SABC executive to face the music after fired chief operating officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng. Aguma, who has been suspended from his position as chief financial officer, is expected to appear before a disciplinary hearing on June 29 and 30.
SABC spokesperson Kaizer Kganyago said yesterday that Aguma will appear before the disciplinary hearing after a recommendation by Parliament’s Standing Committee on Public Accounts (Scopa) that he be placed on suspension while the SABC’s interim board investigates irregularities in procurement and expenditure at the public broadcaster.
While Aguma is to be hauled before the hearing, it is unclear whether Motsoeneng will appear again before the SABC’s disciplinary, as recommended by former public protector Thuli Madonsela.
Motsoeneng was last week fired after he was found guilty of hosting a four-hour-long media briefing in which he attacked the SABC’s interim board. He was fired and given a 30-day termination notice.
The case that Motsoeneng still has to answer relates to a 2014 public protector report that found he lied about his matric certificate. The report recommended that the SABC board take corrective action against Motsoeneng for lying about his matric certificate and raising his salary from R1.5 million to R2.4m and for irregularly and rapidly increasing the salaries of other staff members.
Kganyago said yesterday: “He has been fired and still has about a month as an employee. Whether the case will happen is a different matter altogether, but we can’t discipline him if he is no longer an employee of the SABC.”