Monday, February 17, 2014
BREAKING. Damning Public Protector's report slams SABC and its famously matricless acting COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng for fraud.
A damning report from South Africa's Public Protector released Monday morning, is slamming the beleaguered SABC and the public broadcaster's famously matricless Hlaudi Motsoeneng for fraud
The Public protector's report found that Hlaudi Motsoeneng cost the broadcaster millions by getting rid of staff who sued for settlements, that he committed fraud by misrepresenting his qualifications, and that he unduly interfered in financial and human resources issues.
The Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's final report on the SABC released in Pretoria on Monday morning, comes after an investigation of more than a year, following allegations of widespread maladministration and abuse of power at South Africa's beleaguered South African public broadcaster.
The Public Protector slams the SABC board - constantly in upheaval the past four years - as "dysfunctional" and says the SABC board allowed numerous salary increases for the matricless Hlaudi Motsoeneng - his salary grew by 63% in a year from R1,5 million to R2,4 million.
According to the Public Protector, Hlaudi Motsoeneng was allowed by multiple successive SABC board's to interfere in financial issues and human resource matters he shouldn't have.
Hlaudi Motsoeneng purged SABC staff which cause losses of millions of rands to the SABC according to the Public Protector, since the SABC had to pay out settlements for wrongful and irregular termination.
The Public Protector says Hlaudi Motsoeneng's conduct of misrepresenting his qualifications is fraud - that it is "improper and constitutes a dishonest act" and that Hlaudi Motsoeneng committed fraud when he indicated that he had completed matric.
The Public Protector's report says that the former SABC chairperson Ben Ngubane who resigned and left last year, changed the requirements for the position of chief operating officer (COO) so that it became tailored to suit Hlaudi Motsoeneng.
The Public Protector said that she finds its "discouraging" that the current SABC board has blindly sprung to Hlaudi Motsoeneng's defence.
The SABC has been asked for comment and reaction in a media enquiry made Monday morning seeking comments from the public broadcaster on the Public Protector's report. The SABC says the SABC board has to first study the report and will respond later.
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