SABC employee pleads guilty to committing fraud

An HR officer forged signatures and sold Kruger Rand coins meant as rewards for long serving employees.

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

JOHANNESBURG - An employee of the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has pleaded guilty to fraud, admitting in court that she faked the signatures of over 30 colleagues who were meant to receive Kruger Rand coins as rewards for long service.

The 41-year-old woman worked in the Human Resources department and was supposed to hand over the gold coins, but instead sold them and used the cash.

After being arrested in June last year, the SABC's Moleboheng Masemene, was due to go on trial on Thursday with around 32 witnesses standing by.

But at the last minute, she signed a guilty plea and had her bail revoked by Magistrate Vincent Ratshibvumo.

She will be sentenced next month.

SABC spokesman Kaiser Kganyago said this had been going on since 2006.

The long service coins are for employees who have been with the company for five, 10 or more years.

The SABC says its delighted Masemene pleaded guilty and hopes to get back its money.

This comes as new allegations emerged against the boradcaster's Chief Operating Officer (COO), Hlaudi Motsoeneng.

The COO is now being accused of trying to bribe a former Human Resources officer over his matric qualifications.