Aguma is next to face the mu­sic at the SABC

Weekend Argus (Sunday Edition) - - NEWS - TEBOGO MONAMA

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.”

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