Motsoeneng earns more than Zuma

Faith Muthambi revealed what the SABC COO earns today in a written reply to a DA Parliamentary question.

SABC COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng. Picture: Sapa.

CAPE TOWN - South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) chief operating officer (COO) Hlaudi Motsoeneng earned R2,87 million last year which is more than President Jacob Zuma.

Communications Minister Faith Muthambi revealed the figure today in a written reply to a Democratic Alliance (DA) Parliamentary question.

Muthambi said Motsoeneng's salary rose from just over R1,6 million in 2011 to nearly R2,5 million in 2012.

DA Member of Parliament (MP) Gavin Davis said Motsoeneng is taking home more than Zuma.

"It was revealed in Parliament today that Motsoeneng is earning R2,8 million a year which is more than the president. Zuma earns R2,6 million a year."

Davis said in 2010, Motsoeneng was earning around R330,000 a year as a radio producer.

The DA has challenged Motsoeneng's permanent appointment by Muthambi in the Western Cape High Court and is awaiting judgment.

Davis said Motsoeneng should have been fired.

"This year he is earning R2,8 million, which means in four years, his salary has increased by R2,5 million. This is an eight-fold increase in four years which is quite astonishing."

Earlier this year, Public Protector Thuli Madonsela recommended disciplinary action be taken against him after he lied about passing matric.

He also gave himself three salary increases in one year.

Despite this, the board decided to make his appointment as acting COO permanent.

Muthambi has defended the move, saying aside from raking in more than R2 billion for the SABC during his tenure as acting COO, Motsoeneng has also improved staff morale and improved stability.

She listed 13 achievements by the embattled COO to explain her reasons for permanently appointing him, despite Madonsela's damning findings.