Hlaudi in court war to keep R11,5m

Sowetan - - News - By Isaac Mahlangu

The SABC has al­leged that it found out only dur­ing its au­dit­ing pro­cesses that Hlaudi Mot­soe­neng, was il­le­gally paid a R11,5m bonus.

This emerged yesterday when lawyer Terry Mo­tau, SC, rep­re­sent­ing the pub­lic broad­caster, ar­gued that for­mer chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer Mot­soe­neng’s pen­sion must not be paid out to him as he faced al­le­ga­tions of mis­con­duct and wrong­do­ing.

Mo­tau said Mot­soe­neng was not en­ti­tled to the money, which was signed off by for­mer GCEO James Aguma and ap­proved by an SABC com­mit­tee.

The SABC is seek­ing an in­terim or­der in the South Gaut­eng High Court to stop its Pen­sion Fund, a sep­a­rate en­tity, from pay­ing Mot­soe­neng his mul­ti­mil­lion rand pen­sion.

Mot­soe­neng is em­broiled in an­other le­gal bat­tle with the Spe­cial In­ves­ti­gat­ing Unit, which is try­ing to re­cover more than R20m, in­clud­ing monies lost through un­fair dis­missals and ap­point­ments dur­ing his ten­ure.

Mot­soe­neng's lawyers asked the court to deem the new ev­i­dence brought by the SABC in ad­mis­si­ble as it was a new case al­to­gether.

The SABC had in its sup­ple­men­tary af­fi­davit be­fore the court cited for­mer pub­lic pro­tec­tor Thuli Madon­sela’s find­ings to il­lus­trate al­leged mis­con­duct by Mot­soe­neng dur­ing his ten­ure.

How­ever, the ev­i­dence was not used in the SABC's found­ing af­fi­davit filed in court, Mot­soe­neng’s le­gal team ar­gued.

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