Motsoeneng gets another increa

Motsoeneng gets another increase, now earns almost R2 million more than Zuma

He might not be SABC COO anymore, but the untouchable Hlaudi Motsoeneng still takes home one hell of a salary.

Motsoeneng gets another increa

Despite even the ANC leadership lashing out at the SABC and insisting that action be taken against the impotent board that keeps entertaining Motsoeneng, the man who singlehandedly drove the national broadcaster into the ground is earning more than ever.

In fact, the now Group Executive of Corporate Affairs – who bragged about how much of the broadcaster’s budget he’s going to spend on dinners and parties now that he’s been reappointed to his old position – has had a salary increase of almost half a million Rand, from R 3 784 000 to R 4 197 000 during the 2015/16 financial year.

Add to that the R1 million increase he got in the previous year and the R11 million bonus he’s been given, the man’s rolling in tax-and-TV License-payer cash.

“The further increase in Motsoeneng’s salary is a slap in the face of South Africa’s public, the courts, civil society and Parliament,” said Democratic Alliance MP Phumzile Van Damme.

“The DA will request that an investigation into why and how Motsoeneng’s salary was increased by included in the anticipated parliamentary inquiry into the SABC.”

The SABC’s 2015/16 financial reports give a clear breakdown of the extent of Motsoeneng’s benefits and show that he is the highest paid individual at the national broadcaster, even more so than the CEO.

Hlaudi’s package includes:

  • Basic Salary: R2 555 000
  • 13th cheque and other commissions: R213 000
  • Expenses and other allowances: R945 000
  • Contributions to pension fund, medical aid: R485 000
  • Total remuneration for the 2015/16 financial year: R 4 197 000

The report also outlines the SABC’s losses in the same year:

  • R411 million loss in this financial year, on top of a loss of R394 million in the previous financial year.
  • Consulting fees more than doubled to R80 million.
  • Material losses due to unauthorised, fruitless and wasteful (UIFW) expenditure up from R58 million to R92 million, of which R19 million was due to recruitment where proper processes were not followed, and for which no disciplinary action was taken.
  • Total UIFW losses included an increase in payments without contracts from R13 million to R40 million.

The Auditor-General, with regard to the SABC’s performance, noted:

  • In many instances, performance indicators were not well defined and not meeting standards of FMPPI.
  • The SABC incurred expenditure in contravention of the supply chain management requirements.
  • No supporting documents were supplied to the A-G by the SABC to account for transactions amounting to R141 million at the entity.
  • No effective steps were taken to prevent irregular expenditure at the broadcaster as required by the PFMA section 51(1)(b)(ii).
  • Total UIFW amounted to R5 billion in the last two years at the entity.

“The financial reports paint of picture of gross mismanagement at the Public Broadcaster. The DA looks forward to partaking in the parliamentary inquiry into the SABC and holding those responsible for its decline to account,” Van Damme said.