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Motsoeneng explains why he's worth R3.7 million

Hlaudi Motsoeneng said the SABC is doing well & he's played an important role at the public broadcaster.

South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) Chief Operating Officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) Chief Operating Officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng said he believes he is worth his R3.7 million annual salary, because he plays an important role at the public broadcaster.

It emerged yesterday that Motsoeneng was given an almost R1 million increase, despite Public Protector Thuli Madonsela finding last year that he should face disciplinary action.

The public protector found that he had received three salary increases in the space of one year, and had also lied about his qualifications amid claims of alleged abuse of power.

Last week, the Supreme Court of Appeal reserved judgement on whether he should be suspended as a result of the public protect's findings.

Motsoeneng said the public broadcaster is doing well and he has played an important role in getting the public broadcaster where it is today.

"The SABC is doing very, very well and we as leaders at the organisation are happy. In 2009, there were crises within the organisation."

He said he is worth the money he's paid as his salary is determined by the public broadcaster's own policies.

"I believe that I am worth the money that I am responsible for."

The SABC defended the increase and said reports of a crisis in the organisation are unfounded.

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