Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.


EXCLUSIVE: SABC allegedly pays executive millions in settlement agreement

23 August 2016, 20:37 Angelique Serrao, News24

Johannesburg – A Gauteng TV sales account executive at the SABC was allegedly paid a multi-million rand settlement after he was suspended last year.

News24 has reliably learnt that the advertising executive, Elijah Padi, was paid out R3.35m over a 60-month period in the separation agreement, which was signed in May 2015.

SABC chief operations officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng signed off on the agreement.

Sources with inside information said Padi was suspended over a training programme which he had not attended. He was allegedly charged with insubordination, amongst others.

The settlement was bound by confidentiality clauses, according to which neither party was allowed to disclose what had taken place.

R18m payout for Matlala

Padi denied to News24 that any kind of agreement had been reached.

“That is not true. I would have loved to have got R3.3m. I just resigned because my job wasn't working out,” Padi said.

SABC spokesperson Kaizer Kganyago had not replied to media queries on the alleged payout at the time of publishing.

Last month it was reported that the broadcaster's previous chief executive officer, Frans Matlala, had agreed to settle with his former employer for R18m. This was one day before he was due to appear before a disciplinary committee after he was suspended in November last year, and four months into his five-year contract.

DA spokesperson Phumzile van Damme said they would be demanding confirmation that the settlement was reached.

Increase in payout amounts

Van Damme said if there had not been a good enough reason to suspend Matlala, the money spent on the settlement agreement could amount to wasteful and fruitless expenditure according to the Public Finance Management Act.

Van Damme said this could be grounds for dismissal of the SABC's accounting authority, which was the SABC board.

Golden handshakes at the SABC are not new. However, if the amounts of Matlala's and Padi's payouts are correct, the sums being paid have escalated dramatically over the last few months.

In September last year, the communications department said in a reply to a DA parliamentary question that the SABC had paid R42.6m over the last six years to prematurely terminate former executives' contracts.

The reply revealed the biggest handshake was given to former SABC chief executive Dali Mpofu in 2009. He was paid R6.7m in an “agreed separation”. Mpofu got an additional R4.4m as part of a restraint of trade agreement and R2.1m in legal fees.

Former CEO Lulama Mokhobo, who left the SABC in 2014, was paid R5.6m; former news and current affairs boss Phil Molefe was paid R4.9m in 2013 after falling out with Mokhobo for flighting an extensive television interview with EFF leader Julius Malema; acting chief operations officer Charlotte Mampane was given R4.3m in 2012, and CEO Solly Mokoetle was paid R3.8m in 2011.


- News24


Read more from our Users

Submitted by
Cyril Mike Odhiz
Kenyans furious on young lady aft...

A young Kenyan woman is the talk of town after she posted a photo with her elderly lover after a round of steamy sex, or so the photo suggested.  Read more...

Submitted by
Kiplangat langat
Uhuru could be a one term Presid...

Bomet governor Isaac Ruto has said that President Uhuru Kenyatta could be a one term President if he fails to increase allocations to the counties. Read more...

Submitted by
Mody Sammy
35 year old farmer a new milliona...

A 35 year old farmer from Mpeketoni Lamu county has become the latest millionaire in town as she became winner in the ongoing ‘Shinda Mamili na Story Ibambe’. Read more...

Submitted by
Shakila Alivitsa
Leave your past relationship bagg...

Leave your past relationship baggage at the door when you start a new relationship. Read more...

Submitted by
Shakila Alivitsa
Advice from a young married Kenya...

I was just going to get water in the office kitchen and thought a simple hi was fine until I ended up in an hour long conversation with someone. Read more...

Submitted by
Shakila Alivitsa
Helping you find the type of man ...

To put it simply, you can’t go looking for fish in a meat market; you have to go to a fish market. Read more...