Jobs scandal rocks Thobela FM

SABC's Thobela FM rocked by a jobs-for-cash scandal.
SABC's Thobela FM rocked by a jobs-for-cash scandal.
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SABC radio station Thobela FM in Limpopo has been rocked by allegations of a jobs-for-sale scandal.

A voice recording believed to feature producer and presenter Tlou Moabelo alleging that she was asked to pay executive producer Sello Mochichila R20,000 after her contract was not renewed started doing the rounds.

When approached for comment yesterday, Mochichila referred Sowetan to SABC spokeswoman Neo Momodu, who had not responded by the time of going to press.

In the recording, which had gone viral on social media, Moabelo could be heard in what seemed like a telephonic conversation with Conty Lebepe, an ardent listener of the radio station.

"When we started in 2012 we were hired as freelancers and when Hlaudi Motsoeneng took over the [SABC] helm we were given a new three-year contract with medical aid benefits. My contract was supposed to have lapsed this year in January, but was terminated in 2018, because my qualifications were allegedly not meeting the requirements," Moabelo could be heard saying.

"My contract was terminated before it lapsed while my colleagues renewed theirs, because I didn't pay.

"One day, when I was home, I got a call from a colleague saying I should give my executive producer Sello Mochichila money for petrol while he [was] still negotiating my contract with the human resource personnel," she said.

She claimed in the recording that Mochichila told her to get a R20000 loan on his behalf and wanted a deposit for a car for his wife.

She continued: "In January last year, I then received a text message from Mochichila saying he's trying to renew my contract but human resources people are being difficult."

Moabelo didn't want to comment when asked about the voice recording.

Lebepe confirmed that he was the one talking to Moabelo on the phone. He said he was taking the matter up with the SABC in an effort to rid the station of corruption. "I don't want to benefit anything from the station. All I want is clean governance of our beloved radio station," he said.

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