The South African Broadcasting Corporation(SABC) has spent over R22 million to pay for the legal costs of its former Chief Operating Officer, Mr Hlaudi Motsoeneng. This was revealed today in parliament inquiry on the public broadcaster.
In the reply, former Communications Minister, Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane, reveals that the public broadcaster has since 2013 paid millions of rands in legal fees for Motsoeneng and the amount “might increase as other matters are ongoing”.
Some of the legal fees include, but are not limited to action taken by:
SABC News anchor Vuyo Mvoko – R1 186 184
Former SABC head of news, Verona Duwarkah – R505 985
Helen Suzman Foundation – R1 659 490
Democratic Alliance – R5 370 828
Various Board Matters – R4 990 985
This R22 million by far exceeds the R15 million taxpayers have had to fork out on former President Jacob Zuma’s legal fees.
Hlaudi Motsoeneng was released from his duties at the SABC last year after the intense legal battle with parliament and civil society groups.
He was accused of misusing his powers to influence board decisions.