Motsoeneng scores R11.4 million bonus which was never approved by the SABC board

A bonus and a cushy job the courts ruled he could not have. Must be nice to be Hlaudi Motsoeneng.


An investigation by the City Press has revealed that controversial ex-SABC boss Hlaudi Motsoeneng scored a R11.4 million bonus this week and that he would likely be redeployed to to a top position, despite a  Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) ruling earlier on in the week that he should not.

City Press pointed to a letter confirming his redeployment to a senior position as group executive for corporate affairs.

City Press reports the letter said that Motsoeneng  “was to replace current corporate affairs head Bessie Tugwana. Tugwana would be moved to a newly created position as group executive for special projects – but also act in her former position in corporate affairs while Motsoeneng acts in his former position as COO until December this year.”

But wait, there’s more!

The paper cited a number of “high placed” sources, both independent and at the SABC and claimed that he was paid a bonus which was “commission for a R500-million deal between the SABC and MultiChoice for broadcasting SABC channels on DStv”. The amount of R11.4 million after tax was paid in two instalments this week.

The paper also claims that the deal will see Motsoeneng receive around R33-million over three years.

City Press said that the SABC did not respond to questions but a board member said that  “the full board had never approved” a bonus for Motsoeneng for the Multichoice deal”.

Another member told the paper that the only bonus approved by the board had been for SABC executives who had not received a 13th cheque since 2009. “If they paid him that, then it is illegal,” said one of the board members. “It goes against the SABC’s own policy.”

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