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ANC speaks out against Motsoeneng's salary hike

The party says any salary increase should be justified by the rate of inflation.

FILE: SABC Chief Operations Officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The African National Congress (ANC) has spoken out against a salary increase granted to South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) Chief Operations Officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng saying the broadcaster should exercise prudence with public funds.

The party says any salary increase should be justified by the rate of inflation which is used to determine the increases of other public servants.

Motsoeneng has drawn sharp criticism after it emerged in Parliament that he's earnings increased by nearly R1 million bringing his total package to R3,7 million in the last financial year.

Last year the Public Protector recommended disciplinary action be taken against Motsoeneng after she found he had lied about his qualifications and had increased his salary three times in the space of a year.

ANC spokesperson Keith Khoza said, "Normally increases are pegged to the inflation rate and we believe that government must walk the talk in terms of belt tightening that National Treasury has announced and introduce prudence within the systems in place in terms of public funds."

The ANC says its subcommittee on communication will meet with the board of the SABC to seek an explanation of the salary increase.

Meanwhile, the Democratic Alliance' s (DA) Gavin Davis has accused Motsoeneng of lying to Parliament by saying the SABC is financially stable.

"The SABC's financials were stable. He neglected to mention that the SABC faced a R400 million loss which is now being revealed in the annual report. For this reason we would like him to come back and explain why he lied to Parliament."

DA TO APPROACH PUBLIC PROTECTOR

Yesterday, the DA said it will call on the Public Protector Thuli Madonsela to investigate why Motsoeneng's earnings have increased.

In her report titled "When Governance and Ethics Fail", Madonsela said the SABC board should take disciplinary action against the COO for misrepresenting his qualifications, for alleged abuse of power and for increasing his salary three times in one year.

Davis said, "The SABC is in crisis, and even the ANC says the SABC is in crisis, and here you have one individual getting an increase of 30% in one year when your average public sector employee got an increase of 7%, so how can that be justified?"

He said the increase also makes no sense given continuing instability at the public broadcaster.

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