Luckily the DA has caught on to the ludicrous plan and will now request an unequivocal confirmation from the Minister of Communications, Faith Muthambi if they actually plan to pay the Motsoeneng a bonus. Media reports would suggest acting SABC CEO, James Aguma, wants to pay Motsoeneng a bonus for negotiating a deal between the SABC and Multichoice three years ago.
The DA says the SABC has been rocked by one scandal after the next under Motsoeneng’s controversial leadership. “He has overseen the financial mismanagement of the public broadcaster. The SABC is expected to make losses of over a billion for the 2015/16 financial year.”
Minister Muthambi will appear before the Communications Portfolio Committee for a briefing on the SABC’s Editorial Policy this week and that is when the DA is expected to pounce and pose the question of the bonus – as well as many other issues to the Minister and the SABC board.
But there are so many matters arising that the DA says four hours is to enough for the meeting, as set by the rules. “We maintain that a single four hour meeting is insufficient to delve into the deep-set institutional rot currently facing the SABC. A full-scale parliamentary inquiry is necessary.”
The DA will also follow up on the scheduling of an inquiry, which members of the committee in principle agreed to last week.