SABC wants to give Hlaudi Motsoeneng a bonus

SABC acting CEO James Aguma wants to pay COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng a bonus for negotiating a deal between the SABC and MultiChoice three years ago.

According to a report in the Sunday Times, Aguma said Motsoeneng must be paid the bonus for “single-handedly” negotiating the contract.

The five-year deal between the SABC and MultiChoice sees the public broadcaster supplying DStv with a 24-hour news channel, entertainment channel Encore, and access to the SABC’s archives.

The contract was signed for R570 million in 2013, but industry sources told the newspaper that the SABC was being “grossly underpaid”.

The report stated that E.tv receives R400 million a year for its 24-hour news channel, meaning the SABC is being “robbed” of R2 billion over five years.

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The report stated that Aguma sent a letter to the SABC’s chairman stating that the broadcaster owes Motsoeneng “compensation for the success of the existing contract”.

He added that Motsoeneng should be involved in negotiations to extend the MultiChoice contract, which expires in 2018, as the COO “holds the key to the success of this endeavour”.

While Aguma is arguing for a bonus, the Western Cape High Court ruled in May that Motsoeneng’s appointment at the public broadcaster was irrational – following the public protector’s finding that he misled the SABC about his qualifications.

SABC spokesman Vuyo Mthembu refused to comment on the bonus request, stated the report.

The full report is in the Sunday Times of 21 August 2016.

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