- The South African Broadcasting Corporation threatens to retrench workers as its financial problems deepen
- However, the broadcaster splurged R14 million on an awards ceremony and after-party
- Bonuses and salaries of millions are spent on executives as well
The SABC is in deep financial trouble, yet it can afford to host parties and pay out bonuses worth millions.
The standing committee on public accounts (SCOPA) voiced the unfairness of the situation as the SABC plans to retrench many of its workers.
According to a report by SowetanLIVE, the SABC's board and executives appeared before SCOPA on Wednesday, 14 November.
Tim Brauteseth of the Democratic Alliance said it is unjustifiable that the SABC threatens retrenchment when Metro FM spent about R14 million on an awards ceremony and after-party.
Brauteseth further asked how employees who face retrenchment would feel about the CEO earning R5 million.
Bongumusa Makhathini, the SABC's board chair, replied by saying measures have been put in place that will cut on frivolous spending.
These are part of our cost-cutting. Our austerity measures have saved us about R400m. If people don’t see any efforts to cut costs and drive efficiencies, they will be very disappointed.
The IFP joined the discussion as Mkhuleko Hlengwa mentioned that it is suspicious that the SABC's head of commercial enterprises, Tshifhiwa Mulaudzi, was the only executive member that received a performance bonus while the broadcaster was under review.
When the head of human resources, Jonathan Thekiso, tried explaining this, Themba Godi, SCOPA chair, dismissed him and said he sounds like he doesn't know what he's talking about.
So you don’t know why Mr Mulaudzi received this bonus because, what you’re telling us is speculating. Sitting here, you can’t tell precisely what it is that he had done.
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