Hlaudi Motsoeneng's salary increases by almost R1m

The SABC COO's salary went up from R2.8 to R3.7 million in the last financial year.

FILE. SABC COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng’s supporters outside court on 18 September 2015. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - It's emerged South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) Operations Chief Hlaudi Motsoeneng's salary has increased by nearly R1 million.

The public broadcaster's annual report tabled in Parliament today shows Motsoeneng's salary went up from R2.8 to R3.7 million in the last financial year.

Last year Public Protector Thuli Madonsela told the SABC board to institute disciplinary action against Motsoeneng for alleged abuse of power, for increasing his salary and for lying about his qualifications.

Motsoeneng's R912,000 salary increase included a bonus of R279,000.

The Democratic Alliance's Gavin Davis says there is no justification for such an enormous hike, especially as other public sector workers, nurses, teachers and police received only 7 percent over the same period.

"What is significant is that the Public Protector found that he unlawfully increased his salary three times in one year and it appears that he is at it again. And yet he is able to challenge the DA's court application in a bottomless pit of public money."

Motsoeneng was permanently appointed COO despite the public protector's findings against him.