SABC MANAGER UNDER INVESTIGATION

A manager at the SABC in Mpumalanga is under investigation after allegedly appointing a cleaning company that his wife worked for.
Quinton Lenyai is accused of appointing Nozihle Cleaning Services, a company that his wife, Memory, worked for as a general manager since 2013, according to sources. The cleaning company in Mbombela is owned by Dolly Mbuyane.
A source told Sowetan that the issue of Memory’s employment by the cleaning company at the public broadcaster’s offices was no secret and that many people were not happy with it.
Another source confirmed Memory’s employment and said Lenyai was being investigated for that. The source further said when Lenyai joined the SABC, another company was cleaning the offices but its contract was stopped and Nozihle Cleaning Services took over.
“Everyone is aware of Quinton’s wife’s employment by Nozihle. People talked about it in the corridors but are now used to the idea,” a source told Sowetan.
But Memory apparently left Nozihle at the end of August.
When Sowetan confronted Lenyai with the allegations, he referred all queries to SABC spokesman Kaizer Kganyago. Asked if he wanted a chance to defend himself, Lenyai said “there was nothing to defend”.
Kganyago confirmed that the SABC was investigating the matter but could not give more details because investigations were continuing.
Nozihle owner Mbuyane confirmed that Memory worked for her company but left for greener pastures at the end of August.
She said her 14-year-old company was registered on the SABC database long before she was introduced to Memory.
“I met her through a woman who owns an employment agency. When I met her, she was unemployed and had just moved to this side. I found out that she was experienced in facility management and employed her,” Mbuyane said.
“I would say it was just a coincidence that we got a contract with the SABC where her husband is employed.”
A third source pointed out that before Memory came into the picture, the company employed a man who was allegedly promised the job of a general manager.
The source said the man did not get the job as promised and was retrenched a few months later

STOP THIS MADNESS! | BEMAWU

Dear Member,

What’s happening at the SABC is certainly not right.

Parliament – the highest authority in this country – last week in no unclear terms expressed their vote of no confidence in the Board.

The Board (who does not have a quorum) however decided to ignore Parliament.

The highest court ruled that Mr Motsoeneng is unfit to be employed by the SABC in the position of COO. It certainly MUST follow that he should be unfit – UNLESS HE QUALIFIES – for any other position.

ALL positions at MUST be advertised at the SABC. Everyone should be given the opportunity to apply.

The current position he has been appointed in was never advertised.

The SABC MUST consult with us in respect of structural changes. The structure forms part of the Corporate Plan. This CANNOT be changed between last week and today. (The Board in any event cannot change it now, as they are do not have a quorum.)

Yet, it was changed by one man or a Board that does not form a quorum.

Should we allow that to happen?

If we allow this to happen, what will happen next?
No pension?
No medical aid?
Reduction in your leave benefits?
Increase in your working hours without payment?
Dismissals without hearings?
Who knows?

The time has come for employees of the SABC to make their voices heard.

Mr Motsoeneng seems to be under the impression and he tells everyone who wants to listen SABC employees are happy with the current state of affairs. Based on our discussions with several members it appears to us the majority of employees are extremely unhappy with the current state of affairs at the SABC.

We want to use this opportunity to test the feeling and perception of members.

Are you really happy with what is going on at your workplace and the Public Broadcaster or do you think we should pput n end to this?

As a union we cannot make decisions on your behalf. We will plan the way forward based on your mandate – which is that you are either “satisfied” or “they must go!” If you are happy with events, we will sit back and accept what you have told us. If you are unhappy, we will decide on the appropriate cause of action.

As always, do not let other people decide for you, exercise your democratic right and tell us what you think.

ALL RESPONSES ARE CONFIDENTIAL AND DETAILS WILL NEVER BE DISCLOSED TO ANYONE.

Remember, its your employment, its your workplace, its your career. Tomorrow may be too late if everything has been destroyed.

Pass this message on to as many employees and members possible.

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DISSOLVE THE REMAINDER OF THE BOARD | BEMAWU

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

5 October 2016

The Broadcasting, Electronic, Media & Allied Workers Union (BEMAWU) has followed with interest the Communications Portfolio Committee meeting today.

It has become a trend for SABC’s Boards to end up in the chambers of Parliament and be scolded for maladministration, lack of corporate governance and misconduct. It has become a trend for Board members to come to Portfolio meetings and tender, in full view, in a dramatic manner and on National TV their resignations – too late.

By working of the resignation of the two Board members the SABC Board is now no longer functional and cannot make any decisions. It has no quorum.

It is not only the Board that must go – all other unlawfully and unprocedurally appointees must also be removed.

There should then be an inquiry looking into all procurement processes, the appointment of consultants and the payment of bonuses.

The SABC must be cleansed as a matter of urgency. Executives on pension must be on pension, not filling positions simply because they can be manipulated.  Monies must be recovered from individuals involved in fruitless and wasteful expenditure.

The SABC must become a true public broadcaster, rolling out Provincial broadcasting, and take news to the people from the people. Citizen journalists should be utilised and allowed to participate in the news network of the SABC by providing, via modern technology news from everywhere as it happens and when it happens.

The Head of News has been appointed unprocedurally and unlawfully by unlawfully and unprocedurally appointed people. He must be removed and replaced by a competent and reputable person who is suitably qualified via an open and transparent public process.

The Human Resources unit at the SABC must be cleansed, and an urgent process must be put in place to address the numerous Human Resources issues like no career paths, no promotion, no advancement and no recognition for years of service in terms of promotion. The vast majority of SABC staff have been employed for periods up to 25 years without any prospects of promotion or upward movement.

The middle management issues must be addressed on an urgent basis.

We welcome an interim board and we will support any Board coming to the SABC to do the right things, and follow the correct and fair processes.

Tsamaya hantle, Mchana!

Hannes du Buisson

BEMAWU

 

LETTER TO BOARD RE APPOINTMENT AND PP REPORT

TO:THE SABC BOARD

c/o The Company Secretary

SABC

Auckland Park

JOHANNESBURG

For Attention: Ms Theresa Geldenhuys (geldenhuystv@sabc.co.za)

 

AND TO:

The Group Chief Executive

SABC

Auckland Park

JOHANNESBURG

For attention: Mr James Aguma (agumajr@sabc.co.za)

 

AND TO:

The Group Executive

Group Human Resources

SABC

Auckland Park

JOHANNESBURG

For attention: Mr Mohlolo Lephaka (lephakam@sabc.co.za)

 

 

 

Dear Sirs,

 

We have noted with extreme concern, the appointment of Mr Motsoeneng as the GE, Corporate Affairs without the position being advertised as is required by inter alia the Recruitment Policy of the SABC and the alleged payment of a bonus or bonuses to Mr Motsoeneng of R11.4 million as reported by the media.

 

We request that you provide us – on an urgent basis – and no later than Wednesday, 5 October 2016 at 12:00 with the following information:

 

1. Was the position of GE: Corporate Affairs advertised?

2. If so, where and when and who applied for the position?

3. If not, why not?

4. Does Mr Motsoeneng hold a tertiary qualification, and if so, what qualification and where and when did he obtain it?  

5. Was Mr Motsoeneng paid a bonus or bonuses in the past three (3) months?

6. If so, on what basis was he paid a bonus or bonuses?

7. What amount was he paid as a bonus or bonuses?

8. When was he paid the bonus or bonuses?

9. What criteria was used to award him the bonus or bonuses?

10. Where does this criteria derived from?

11. Who else was paid a bonus or bonuses?

12. What process was followed to request and approve this bonus or bonuses?

13. Who requested the bonus or bonuses for Mr Motsoeneng and in what capacity?

14. Who recommended the bonus or bonuses for Mr Motsoeneng and in what capacity?

15. Who approved the bonus or bonuses for Mr Motsoeneng and in what capacity?

16. Was the bonus or bonuses paid to Mr Motsoeneng split in two or more payments in an attempt to circumvent the approval processes?

17. Can other employees also apply for, and earn such enormous bonuses, if not why not and if so, how do they go about to apply?

18. Then in terms of the Public Protector’s Report “When Governance and Ethics Fail” (REPORT NO 23 OF 2013/2014):

a. Did the Board recover any monies from any persons in compliance with paragraph (C) (1) of the recommendations of this report?

                                    i. If not, why not?

                                  ii. If so, provide a list of people, amounts and dates these monies were recovered.

b. Did the Board take appropriate disciplinary action against Mr Motsoeneng for :

                                    i. his abuse of power and improper conduct in the appointments and salary increments of Ms Sully Motsweni,

                                  ii. his role in purging senior staff members, resulting in numerous labour disputes and settlement awards against the SABC, and if so when and what was the outcome, if not, why not?

c. Did the Board take disciplinary action against Ms Lulama Mokhobo for her improper conduct in the approval of the salary increment of Mr Motsoeneng, if so when, and if not, why not?

d. Did the Board recover the expenditure from the appropriate persons in respect of the irregular salary increments of Mr Motsoeneng, Ms Motsweni, Ms Khumalo and the freelancers?

                                    i. If so, how much money was recovered, from whom and when?

                                  ii. If not, why not?

e. What action was taken, if any to ensure that the Board takes strict and collective responsibility and working as a collective and not against each other?

f. Was a public apology issued to Ms Ntombela-Nzimandi, Ms Charlotte Mampane and the other former SABC employees who suffered prejudice as a result of the Board and Management’s maladministration involving the failure to handle the administration of its affairs in accordance with the laws, corporate policies and principles of corporate governance?

                                    i. If so, when?

                                  ii. If not, why not?

g. What action was taken to review HR processes pertaining to creation of new posts, appointments and salary scales and progressions, when was it taken, and if none, why have no action been taken?

 

We await your most urgent reply.

 

Sincerely,

 

Hannes du Buisson

BEMAWU

 

MOTSOENENG BONUS AND APPOINTMENT | BEMAWU WANTS ANSWERS

OPEN LETTER TO SABC BOARD AND EXECUTIVES

TO: 

THE SABC BOARD

c/o The Company Secretary

SABC

Auckland Park

JOHANNESBURG

For Attention: Ms Theresa Geldenhuys (geldenhuystv@sabc.co.za)




AND TO:

The Group Chief Executive

SABC

Auckland Park

JOHANNESBURG

For attention: Mr James Aguma (agumajr@sabc.co.za)

AND TO:

The Group Executive

Group Human Resources

SABC

Auckland Park

JOHANNESBURG

For attention: Mr Mohlolo Lephaka (lephakam@sabc.co.za)

Dear Sirs,

We have noted with extreme concern, the appointment of Mr Motsoeneng as the GE, Corporate Affairs without the position being advertised as is required by inter alia the Recruitment Policy of the SABC and the alleged payment of a bonus or bonuses to Mr Motsoeneng of R11.4 million as reported by the media.

We request that you provide us – on an urgent basis – and no later than Wednesday, 5 October 2016 at 12:00 with the following information:

  1. Was the position of GE: Corporate Affairs advertised?
  2. If so, where and when and who applied for the position?
  3. If not, why not?
  4. Does Mr Motsoeneng hold a tertiary qualification, and if so, what qualification and where and when did he obtain it?
  5. Was Mr Motsoeneng paid a bonus or bonuses in the past three (3) months?
  6. If so, on what basis was he paid a bonus or bonuses?
  7. What amount was he paid as a bonus or bonuses?
  8. When was he paid the bonus or bonuses?
  9. What criteria was used to award him the bonus or bonuses?
  10. Where does this criteria derived from?
  11. Who else was paid a bonus or bonuses?
  12. What process was followed to request and approve this bonus or bonuses?
  13. Who requested the bonus or bonuses for Mr Motsoeneng and in what capacity?
  14. Who recommended the bonus or bonuses for Mr Motsoeneng and in what capacity?
  15. Who approved the bonus or bonuses for Mr Motsoeneng and in what capacity?
  16. Was the bonus or bonuses paid to Mr Motsoeneng split in two or more payments in an attempt to circumvent the approval processes?
  17. Can other employees also apply for, and earn such enormous bonuses, if not why not and if so, how do they go about to apply?
  18. Then in terms of the Public Protector’s Report “When Governance and Ethics Fail” (REPORT NO 23 OF 2013/2014):
    1. Did the Board recover any monies from any persons in compliance with paragraph (C) (1) of the recommendations of this report?
      1. If not, why not?
      2. If so, provide a list of people, amounts and dates these monies were recovered.
    2. Did the Board take appropriate disciplinary action against Mr Motsoeneng for :
      1. his abuse of power and improper conduct in the appointments and salary increments of Ms Sully Motsweni,
      2. his role in purging senior staff members, resulting in numerous labour disputes and settlement awards against the SABC, and if so when and what was the outcome, if not, why not?
    3. Did the Board take disciplinary action against Ms Lulama Mokhobo for her improper conduct in the approval of the salary increment of Mr Motsoeneng, if so when, and if not, why not?
    4. Did the Board recover the expenditure from the appropriate persons in respect of the irregular salary increments of Mr Motsoeneng, Ms Motsweni, Ms Khumalo and the freelancers?
      1. If so, how much money was recovered, from whom and when?
      2. If not, why not?
    5. What action was taken, if any to ensure that the Board takes strict and collective responsibility and working as a collective and not against each other?
    6. Was a public apology issued to Ms Ntombela-Nzimandi, Ms Charlotte Mampane and the other former SABC employees who suffered prejudice as a result of the Board and Management’s maladministration involving the failure to handle the administration of its affairs in accordance with the laws, corporate policies and principles of corporate governance?
      1. If so, when?
      2. If not, why not?
    7. What action was taken to review HR processes pertaining to creation of new posts, appointments and salary scales and progressions, when was it taken, and if none, why have no action been taken?

We await your most urgent reply.

Sincerely,

 

Hannes du Buisson

BEMAWU

APPOINTMENT OF MOTSOENENG AGAIN IRRATIONAL & UNLAWFUL | BEMAWU

Media release re the Appointment of Mr Motsoeneng as GE, Stakeholder Relations without advertising the position and the payment of the R11.4M bonus as reported in the media.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

27 SEPTEMBER 2016

The Broadcasting, Electronic, Media & Allied Workers Union (BEMAWU) has noted the appointment of Mr Motsoeneng as Group Executive, Stakeholder Relations announced today.

  1. The position was not advertised, and therefore the SABC is in breach of its own recruitment Policy and the principles of equal opportunity for all and transparency.
  2. The appointment of Mr Motsoeneng without advertising the position is amongst others why the Public Protector found his previous appointment to be irrational and unlawful, which the High Court, the Supreme Court of Appeal and the SABC agreed to.
  3. For the Board to appoint him in the same manner in a different position amounts to constructive contempt of court, and is flagrant and contemptuous conduct towards our courts and judicial system.
  4. It shows no respect for court rulings and the findings of the Public Protector.
  5. All SABC vacancies must be advertised. As the Board confirmed, it will advertise the position of COO. If that position will be advertised, why not the GE, Stakeholder Relations?
  6. In respect of the bonus received by Mr Motsoeneng, as reported in the media.
  7. It can not be an employer/employee matter, as alleged by Mr Motsoeneng. He was not an employee at the time when the bonus was paid.
  8. By merely stating its an employer/employee matter, and therefore refusing to comment is clearly an admission (if there was any doubt whether Mr Motsoeneng received the bonus or not) that he received the bonus. Anyone who did not receive such a bonus would deny it outright and set the record straight.
  9. BEMAWU is in process of bringing an urgent application to freeze the account of Mr Motsoeneng, pending the outcome of an investigation to establish the legitimacy of the bonus paid, the process followed, the approval levels, and most importantly, the criteria used and applied to award this bonus. Should the investigation reveals the bonus was awarded improperly or for improper reasons, we will ask the Court to order that the money be paid back to the SABC.
  10. Our lawyers are in process to address a letter to the SABC demanding explanations failing we will proceed with legal action.

We are utterly disappointed in Parliament who has failed us, the employees, the viewers and the listeners by not stepping in when it became clear the SABC has lost track and is a fatal head-on collision course where only the employees and the public will be the losers.

We once again urge Parliament to step in an replace the Board with immediate effect.

Hannes du Buisson

Spokesperson

Madonsela: SABC board not fully co-operating in Motsoeneng probe

JOHANNESBURG – Public Protector Advocate Thuli Madonsela says the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) board has not been co-operating fully with the investigation into allegations of corruption against Hlaudi Motsoeneng
On Tuesday, Motsoeneng reported for duty at the SABC as an “ordinary employee” after the Supreme Court of Appeal rejected his bid for leave to appeal against a High Court ruling that set aside his permanent appointment. 

Madonsela says if Motsoeneng is appointed to any senior position, it will be illegal.

“The last thing you would want to do is to appoint Mr Motsoeneng into any senior position until a proper disciplinary inquiry has been done based on the previous report which was called for in government.”

Madonsela says she has written to Communications Minister Faith Muthambi and the SABC board.

“It was also alleged that the board allows Mr Motsoeneng to do whatever he pleases and in return the board gets to have as many meetings as it wants, and obviously it gets paid for sittings. The board is also given tickets to various events against policy.”

Earlier today, Madonsela said that if Motsoeneng is returned to the permanent position of COO, there would need to be a probe into the SABC board.

“We are conducting an investigation into various allegations of corruption, abuse of power and maladministration by Mr Motsoeneng, who is alleged to be involved in wrongful procurement and the dismissal of people who stand in his way.”

From an article on EWN