Wednesday, July 12, 2017

OUTA calls on SABC to block further mega-million payouts to SABC's disgraced Hlaudi Motsoeneng after his looting: 'He doesn't deserve another cent'.

The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (OUTA) is calling on the SABC's interim board to urgently act to prevent further mega-millions to be paid to the fired former SABC executive, the famously matricless Hlaudi Motsoeneng, who plunged the beleaguered South African public broadcaster into bankruptcy and an existential crisis.

OUTA is pleading with the SABC's interim board to urgently block any payments to the disgraced former SABC chief operating officer as South African president Jacob Zuma keeps delaying his signing of an order to have the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) from starting a corruption probe into the maladministration at the SABC.

"OUTA is concerned that former SABC COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng will, now that he has been dismissed, attempt to claim millions in pension and other benefits," says OUTA in a letter to Khanyisile Kweyama, chairperson of the SABC interim board.

"We note reports that president Jacob Zuma is delaying the approval of the Special Investigating Unit investigation into the SABC, which may result in Hlaudi Motsoeneng receiving more undeserved payouts," says Dominique Msibi, OUTA portfolio director for social services.

"Hlaudi Motsoeneng does not deserve one cent more."

"OUTA believes that Hlaudi Motsoeneng caused substantial financial and reputational damage to the SABC and we support attempts to claim back illegitimate payments made to him."

"We believe those claims should include -  but are not limited to - the salary paid while he was on suspension and the illegitimate R11.4 million bonus he secured during the dubious MultiChoice deal."

"Any pension or other benefits due to Hlaudi Motsoeneng should be forfeited to the SABC to compensate for his looting".

"We believe there's already enough justifiable cause to block any payouts to Hlaudi Motsoeneng, since his employment appointment was irregular, was based on falsified information which he provided, there is already credible information available about the illegitimate deals from which he benefited and we understand that the SABC interim board's own investigations are continuing".