Johannesburg - Former SABC COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng has vowed to defend his R11.5m pension pay-out and get back his job at the public broadcaster.
Motsoeneng told journalists in Joburg that he was ready to defend all pending legal cases against him. He admitted that his uppermost priority was to put in a solid legal challenge against the SABC’s interim board’s bid to prevent him from accessing his pension pay-out.
On August 4, the interim board lodged an urgent application in the High Court in Joburg in which it asked the court to interdict the SABC pension fund (separate unit in the SABC which looks after employees’ pension funds) from paying Motsoeneng.
In their application, the board argued that the decision to award Motsoeneng an R11.5m bonus was “irrational, irregular and without any factual or legal basis”. The bonus, according to evidence before the court, was as a result of Motsoeneng negotiating a R533m MultiChoice contract, which gave the private broadcaster access to to the
The archives, it is alleged, apparently also include some of Nelson Mandela’s court proceedings in the 1964 Rivonia Trial, as well as his release from prison on February 11, 1990. On Thursday, Motsoeneng said he was going to defend this matter. He said the urgent application was due to be heard this week, but had to be postponed to a later date following an agreement between the parties.