Tue Sep 26 11:12:54 SAST 2017

SABC boss is total 'monster'

2017-02-27 11:01:49.0 | Amos Mananyetso |

A senior SABC manager has been accused by some of his subordinates of running his regional office like Guantanamo Bay after he allegedly tried to moer one of his staffers with a coffee mug this week.

SABC Gauteng general manager Alwyn Kloppers allegedly tried to assault stakeholder relations and communications manager Mpudi Maubane during a heated argument in his office in Pretoria on Thursday.

According to staff members who witnessed the skirmish, Kloppers was having a meeting with Maubane when they started arguing. He lifted a coffee mug and tried to hammer her with it but she ducked.

"He then tried to slap her with his open hand but she evaded him and then ran out of the office. It was a such a bad situation that also traumatised his secretary. It happened in her full view. She frantically ran and called the HR manager to come and help," said the staff member, who refused to be named.

Another SABC official based in the region labelled Kloppers as a "monster" who has a history of turning his colleagues into punching bags.

"He assaulted our logistics manager in 2012 after an argument over a car. Some colleagues wanted a car to go to Marikana but the logistics manager could not help them immediately.

"He punched the poor guy and kicked him all over his body in front of all of us. He's a monster and a law unto himself.

"We hear that he gets protection from HQ [SABC headquarters in Auckland Park, Joburg] because he has a close relationship with Hlaudi [Motsoeneng, suspended SABC group executive for corporate relations and former COO].

"Those who know say he is the one who hired and promoted Hlaudi in the Free State regional office in Bloemfontein," said the official.

A third employee, who did not witness the incident, weighed in on Kloppers's alleged military camp leadership style.

"He treats people like puppets. We are all like kids to him; he just talks and does as he likes and when we complain, nothing ever happens.

"He forces everybody to attend editorial diary meetings every morning at 8.30am. It is like a military parade because he lays down the law like not allowing people to eat or drink during those meetings.

"He once picked up a chair and wanted to hit one of the editors with it in the editorial meeting. He is very mean. I think he has anger issues. No one is comfortable in that office anymore," said the employee, who also asked for anonymity.

Both Kloppers and Maubane referred questions to SABC spokesman Kaizer Kganyago, who did not respond to questions.

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