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Monday, February 17, 2014

BREAKING. Cover-up attempt within the SABC resulting in Hlaudi Motsoeneng's missing personnel file worrying, says Public Protector.


The cover-up attempt within the South Africa public broadcaster resulting in the disappearance of Hlaudi Motsoeneng's missing personnel file is extremely worrying, South Africa's Public Protector Thuli Madonsela said on Monday in a damning report on irregularities, abuse of power, and widespread maladministration at the SABC.

Thuli Madonsela said on Monday in the report that "I found it rather discouraging that the current SABC board appears to have blindly sprung to Hlaudi Motsoeneng's defence on matters that precede it and which, in my considered view, require a SABC board that is serious about ethical governance to raise questions with him".

"I am also concerned that Hlaudi Motsoeneng's file disappeared amid denying ever falsifying his qualifications and that at one point he even used the absence of evidence to support his contention that there was no evidence of his alleged fraudulent misrepresentation," says the Public Protector's report.

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"At times the SABC board submission appeared more defensive on his behalf than himself," said Thuli Madonsela.

She said that the SABC told the Public Protector's office that "salary increases at the SABC are negotiated without any performance contracts or notch increase parameters".

That saw Hlaudi Motsoeneng's salary skyrocket with three increases in one year from R1,5 million to R2,4 million. That is a bigger salary than what South Africa's deputy president Kgalema Motlanthe earn per year.