The SABC’s Annual Report revealed that the salary of its COO, Hlaudi Motsoeneng, increased from R2,872,000 to R3,784,000 in this financial year.
This R912,000 pay rise included a bonus of R279,000.
“This near million-rand pay increase is incomprehensible given the ongoing crisis at the SABC,” said the DA.
“Even the ANC acknowledges in its NGC discussion document that the SABC is in a crisis due to poor management and a lack of accountability.”
In 2014, the Public Protector found Motsoeneng guilty of unlawfully increasing his own salary three times in the space of one year.
The Public Protector also found that Motsoeneng lied about having a matric when he applied for a job at the SABC.
“The fact is that Motsoeneng should have been suspended and disciplined by the SABC Board as directed by the Public Protector.”
“Instead, Motsoeneng continues to rake in millions of rands at the expense of the TV licence-paying public. “
The DA said there can be no justification for Motsoeneng’s salary to increase by 31% in one year.
“In comparison, other workers in the public sector such as nurses, teachers, and police officers received a 7% increase over the same period.”
The DA said it will ask the Public Protector to investigate the pay rise.