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SABC Will Sue Former COO To Recover ZAR14 Million (USD 1.1 Million)

Hlaudi Motsoeneng, the beleaguered former COO of the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) should expect another court summons shortly, as his former employer - the SABC - has decided to sue him in order to recover the sum of ZAR14 Million (USD 1.1 Million).

In a statement, the interim board of the corporation confirmed that they plan to go to court to recover the sums that Motsoeneng, as the then COO, awarded to and paid himself as 'bonuses.'

Mr Motsoeneng is alleged to have paid these amounts as part of 'his bonus' for the 'archive access' deal he brokered with Multichoice. That deal, which was worth ZAR550 Million at the time (now valued at (USD 49 Million) granted Multichoice access to the entire archives of the public broadcaster.

Mr Motsoeneng bonus from this deal was about ZAR34 Million out of which he has paid himself almost ZAR11.5 Million.

The SABC's current interim board believe that both the archive access deal and the resulting bonuses were not fully authorised by may have been illegal.


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