Solidarity has received the first payment from Hlaudi Motsoeneng, former COO at SABC. The payment is in connection with a lawsuit Hlaudi lost against the organisation.
Hlaudi Motsoeneng has finally coughed up R300 000 to Solidarity after the trade union had begun the process of having his assets attached.
According to Solidarity, a 2017 Labour Court ruling saw Motsoeneng personally liable for the costs they had incurred in a lawsuit. The Court found that the 'so-called SABC 8 had been dismissed unlawfully.'
The journalists were dismissed after opposing the corporation's policy which refused to broadcast footage of violent protests.
Dr Dirk Hermann, chief executive for Solidarity, has said that the amount Motsoeneng paid is only a portion of what is owed:
The final amount owing will be determined once the costs associated with the Constitutional Court ruling which Motsoeneng also lost, have been paid and included in the final amount due.
Solidarity says it will be proceeding with legal action to recover the outstanding amount. What they have planned for the funds is amusing:
Ironically, the Labour Court case is therefore being paid for by Motsoeneng and no one else. Solidarity has decided to use the money received from Motsoeneng in litigation against tax abuse. Although we will deposit Hlaudi’s money in a fund to counter further tax abuse, we will not name the fund after him.
Briefly.co.za reported in December that Hlaudi has moved on from the SABC to create his own political movement, the African Content Movement.
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