The Special Investigating Unit (SIU) has warned that if Hlaudi Motsoeneng fails to pay back the R11million – he was unlawfully paid as a “success fee” – within seven days as ordered by the high court, the agency will go after his cars and houses.
The high court in Johannesburg on Friday ordered that Motsoeneng must pay back the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) more than R11 million that he was unlawfully paid as a bonus for negotiating a deal with MultiChoice for broadcast rights.
The SIU brought the matter to court after it discovered the anomaly in 2016. They were joined by the SABC in the legal matter.
The former SABC chief operations officer who joined the public broadcaster with no Matric qualification famously claimed – when quizzed – that he “was born an intellectual”. Now he is in a bind.
Apart from returning the “success fee” Motsoeneng also has to pay 15.5% interest dating back to September 2016 plus costs incurred by the SABC and SIU in the matter.
Speaking to Newzroom Afrika, Kaizer Kganyago the SIU head of communications and stakeholder relations on Friday said if Hlaudi’s pension fails to cover the full amount including costs the agency will go after his assets … “properties and cars”.