Hlaudi Motsoeneng

Hlaudi Motsoeneng, File Photo

Sweet Karma: Hlaudi Motsoeneng owes the SABC R21 million – SIU

The SABC’s boogeyman Hlaudi Motsoeneng really has now come full circle. From dodgy dealings (some would say looting) with SABC money to now having to pay millions back.

Hlaudi Motsoeneng

Hlaudi Motsoeneng, File Photo

The Special Investigations Unit (SIU) has confirmed this week that it has issued summons against former SABC Chief Operations Officer, the infamous Hlaudi Motsoeneng.

According to the SIU, Motsoeneng now owes the SABC more than R21 million.

DA shadow minister of communications Phumzile Van Damme issued a statement revealing that the SIU figure links Motsoeneng with some dodgy Multichoice payments.

“Today in Parliament’s Communications Committee, the SIU confirmed that the R21 million includes an R11.4 million “success fee” Motsoeneng received for the so-called Multichoice “archives deal” and an additional R10.5 million in damages related to the irregular appointment and dismissal of staff”.

Van Damme was informed of the SIU’s decision as it was briefing Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Communications.

The SIU’s findings come after a long investigation after President Zuma signed a proclamation giving the SIU a mandate to investigate the dodgy contracts at the state broadcaster.

The SIU is now also currently investigating eight of the contracts identified as suspicious during the SABC Ad Hoc Inquiry. This also includes the highly talked about R460 million contract with Multichoice.

The SIU will hand over the interim presidential report on their investigations to the president at the end of May.

With Hlaudi Motseoneng having played a key role in bringing the SABC to its current crippling financial state, Van Damme said its time for the money to be paid back.

“It cannot be that individuals like Motsoeneng loot public institutions, resign or are dismissed and there is no further action. All stolen money must be returned to the public purse. We, therefore, welcome the SIU’s action in this regard”.

Motsoeneng’s lawyers have told journalists that he can’t comment on the matter as his lawyers are currently dealing with it.

Anyone got R20 + million to loan to Hlaudi? It seems that his pals the Guptas may be a bit busy being arrested at the moment.