The ANC has published a response to the salary increase given to SABC COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng, despite the public broadcaster reporting a loss of R395 million during the last financial year.
Motsoeneng’s salary has risen to R3.7 million, from R2.872 million before, making him better paid than the president, Jacob Zuma.
The salary hike included a bonus of R279 000 and R916 000 in expenses and allowances. The SABC also contributed R369 000 to his pension and medical aid fund.
On Wednesday, Motsoeneng said it was not a sin for a black man to earn a decent salary.
“Anyone who is able to generate revenue for the SABC should be rewarded accordingly, even if those people are cleaners,” he said.
The African National Congress (ANC) called for prudence on the use of public funds. “We believe that any adjustment of salary has to be based on justifiable grounds like the rate of inflation which is largely used by both the state and the private sector as a standard criteria.
“Our government has committed itself to tightening the belt including prudence within the public service broadly. Our failure to follow through with these commitments can only set a dangerous precedence that can’t be sustained and justified,” the ANC said.
It called on the SABC board to not operate outside the framework of commitments provided by the National Treasury. “It is our view that economic trends should dictate decisions including remuneration for public servants.”