SABC taking legal action to recover millions from Hlaudi Motsoeneng

- The SABC has said that it will be taking legal action to compel Hlaudi Motsoeneng to repay money he allegedly looted from the broadcaster

- They are seeking to recover at least R21 million

- Motsoeneng, however, has dismissed claims that he siphoned funds from the organisation

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The SABC will be taking legal action to force former head Hlaudi Motsoeneng to return millions of Rands he allegedly looted.

This was the statement made by SABC board chairperson Bongumusa Makathini.

This follows the final report which was handed over yesterday by the the Commission of Inquiry into Editorial Interference at the SABC.

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The report found evidence of extensive maladministration and abuses of power at the public broadcaster, has gathered.

The inquiry found that senior officials at engaged in unethical and unlawful practices such as bullying employees with threats of dismissal and exerting influence over news content in order to advance their own interests.

Perhaps most notably, the report alleges that Motsoeneng siphoned at least R21 million from the organisation, according to The South African. It is these funds that Makathini hopes will be recovered. He says that the Special Investigative Unit will pursue the matter further.

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Motsoeneng, however, has dismissed the report. He says the allegations against him are merely an attempt to "tarnish our name". He has also rubbished claims that he looted from the broadcaster.

"The past five years that I have been there, SABC was okay financially," he said. "I left cash in the bank."

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