Parliament - Controversial SABC chief operations officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng’s annual pay package shot up to R3.78 million a year, while the public broadcaster recorded a loss of R401 million for the last financial year, according to its annual report tabled in Parliament on Wednesday.
His remuneration for 2014/15 includes a bonus of R279 000 and marks an increase of nearly a million rand on what he earned before, according to the report.
The company blamed its loss for the period under review - which compares to a profit of R559 million in the 2013/14 financial year - to a R1.2 billion increase in expenses.
“The increase is attributable to substantial investments in programme, film and sports rights, broadcast costs and employee costs,” the report reads.
The Public Protector last year found that Motsoeneng had received three salary increases in a year while acting in the position and said this marked a violation of the South African Broadcasting Corporation’s personnel regulations and constituted improper conduct and maladministration.