National 19.6.2017 02:56 pm

SABC paid Hlaudi R1.7m while he was on suspension

Former SABC COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng arrives at a media briefing, 19 April 2017 in Milpark, he was addressing outstanding matters in relation to policies including the 90 % local content at the SABC. Picture: Tracy Lee Stark

Former SABC COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng arrives at a media briefing, 19 April 2017 in Milpark, he was addressing outstanding matters in relation to policies including the 90 % local content at the SABC. Picture: Tracy Lee Stark

This was revealed in a written parliamentary answer to a question posed by the DA.

Fired SABC chief operating officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng, since January this year, was paid R1.7 million by the public broadcaster while he was on suspension.

This was revealed on Monday in a written parliamentary reply by Communications Minister Ayanda Dlodlo in response to a question posed by the DA’s spokesperson on communications, Phumzile Van Damme.

Van Damme wanted to know from which date Motsoeneng was suspended from the SABC, and how much he had been paid since his suspension.

“The former acting operations officer had been suspended in accordance with the SABC policy from 1 January 2017. The policy also makes provision for payment of suspended employees. An amount of R1 713 865 24 has been paid,” Dlodlo said.

Last Monday, Motsoeneng was dismissed from his job after an internal disciplinary hearing found him guilty of misconduct.

He faced charges of misconduct and breaking the terms of his employment contract after his controversial four-hour long press conference on April 19 in Johannesburg, where he defended his 90% local music content quota, criticised parliament’s ad hoc committee into the SABC, and slammed interim board member Krish Naidoo.

Motsoeneng plans to challenge his axing from the SABC in court.

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