DA questions SABC chair’s salary

The party claims Ellen Tshabalala earned almost double that of her predecessor.

The SABC offices in Auckland Park, Johannesburg. Picture: Christa van der Walt/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Democratic Alliance (DA) Shadow Minister of Communications Gavin Davis on Friday questioned the salary paid to South African Broadcasting Cooperation (SABC) board chairperson Ellen Tshabalala.

He said she earned roughly double what previous board chairs earned.

It's emerged Tshabalala pocketed close to R1 million for chairing 70 SABC board-related meetings.

Her predecessor Ben Ngubane, in contrast, earned R521,000 in the previous financial year.

The information is contained in the public broadcaster's annual report, which was tabled in Parliament.

Tshabalala has already courted controversy over the authenticity of her qualifications.

On 14 October, she is expected to appear before a Parliamentary committee which is investigating allegations she lied about having a bachelor of commerce degree and diploma from the University of South Africa.

Davis says he will question the board fees paid to Tshabalala.

"It works out on average to R13,200 a meeting. It's double what any ANC chairperson earns. They are paid per board meeting."

Parliament hopes to conclude a preliminary probe into Tshabalala's earnings by the end of this month.

At the same time, the Western Cape High Court on Tuesday heard that the SABC knew from the onset that its Chief Operations Officer (COO), Hlaudi Motsoeneng, did not have a matric certificate.

Motsoeneng, who was permanently appointed to the position of COO last month, is fighting a bid by the DA to have his appointment set aside.