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Cope opens fraud case against Motsoeneng

Cope alleges Hlaudi Motsoeneng unlawfully & improperly disposed of key state assets like the SABC archives.

SABC's Hlaudi Motsoeneng. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Congress of the People (Cope) has opened a case of fraud and corruption against South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) executive Hlaudi Motsoeneng.

The party opened the case yesterday at the Brixton Police Station.

It alleges Motsoeneng unlawfully and improperly disposed of key state assets such as the SABC archives, to MultiChoice without the authorisation of the broadcaster's board.

It has been widely reported that it was the sale of these archives that earned Motsoeneng a reported R11.4 million bonus.

Motsoeneng was appointed general executive of corporate affairs after the Supreme Court of Appeal dismissed his application for leave to appeal a ruling that his appointment as SABC chief operating officer was irrational.

It also emerged yesterday that he has taken on the role of executive responsible for radio.

Cope's Dennis Bloem said, "He has done this without any mandate or authorisation."

The party has also asked police to investigate the conditions of the bonus paid to Motsoeneng, saying it was illegal.

Motsoeneng was appointed general executive of corporate affairs despite the Supreme Court of Appeal dismissing his application for leave to appeal a ruling that his appointment at the SABC was irrational.

Bloem said, "That R11 million must be reversed because it is part and parcel of the case that we have opened."

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