Minister Muthambi confirms SABC, Matlala golden handshake

Muthambi confirms the SABC reached an out of court settlement with Frans Matlala, and three others.

Minister of Communications Faith Muthambi in Parliament on 23 August 2016. Picture: Gaye Davis/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Communications Minister Faith Muthambi has now formally confirmed for the first time that the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has reached an out of court settlement with its former group chief executive, Frans Matlala.

But she will not say how much he received.

Two months ago Eyewitness News reported an agreement had been reached between Matlala and the SABC, but the corporation has consistently refused to confirm the settlement until now.

Minister Muthambi's confirmation that the former group chief executive has received a pay out from the broadcaster came in an answer to a parliamentary question from the Democratic Alliance.

In her reply, Muthambi confirms the SABC reached an out of court settlement with Matlala, and three other former top officials.

But she then says that the separate agreements remain confidential, and that the amount paid to them cannot be disclosed for any reason without the written consent of the other party.

However, the minister then says these issues will be dealt with transparently, when the SABC's annual report is tabled in parliament.