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2014-02-05 11:11
Cape Town – 104 SABC staff members at the beleaguered SABC don't even have a personnel file.

But make no mistake: They're definitely getting paid.

Parliament on Tuesday ripped into the SABC and its lame-duck quitting SABC CEO Lulama Mokhobo who appeared before it with a gaggle of other SABC executives including the famously matricless Hlaudi Motsoeneng as acting chief operations officer (COO), to report back on the utterly dismal independent skills audit report on the SABC which was done by consultants PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC).

Parliament's portfolio committee on communications – the body tasked with oversight of the beleaguered and embattled South African public broadcaster – on Tuesday slammed the SABC for the dreary situation when it comes to personnel issues, human resources matters and the shocking state of skills – or lack thereof among SABC personnel.

The audit showed that 35% of senior SABC managers disregard financial information.

The audit found that a significant number of SABC staff (577) had qualifications that's "not authentic" or were "incomplete". SABC staff's academic qualifications could not be verified in several cases. Certificates were "not legibile" or the tertiary institutions they claimed to have attended don't exist.

SABC’s human resources ‘absolutely shocking’

"It's a concern that only 45% of the SABC staff has a sense of reliability and dependability in the work environment. Most of your staff at the SABC don't actually do their work properly," said Marian Shinn, the DA's member of parliament and shadow minister of communications, reading from the independently done skills audit report at the SABC.

"104 staff have no personnel file," said Shinn. "I bet those people are on the pay-roll though. "What do those people do to earn their money? The state of the human resources department is absolutely shocking".

"Basically the SABC is in a shocking state. I don't think that you're the right team to do this. There needs to be urgently action, but not with the current crop of executive managent," said Shinn.

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