Summary: Various media report that the Special Investigating Unit found that the SABC spent R150 million on TV shows that were never aired and that the senior staff member responsible for the acquisition received gifts from the company that supplied the programmes.
According to media reports, the SABC spent R150m on television programmes that were never aired and a senior staff member at the state broadcaster received gifts from the company that supplied the shows.
The reports say that these were the findings of the Special Investigating Unit (SIU), which were asked by the SABC board to investigate allegations of mismanagement.
Television journalist Thinus Ferreira also reported that Ben Ngubane, SABC chairperson, told parliament this week that they often have to buy trash programming as part of a content deal to get the shows that interest viewers.
When asked about the accuracy of the reports, SABC spokesperson Kaizer Kganyago said, “Please note that the current SABC board, when it started its term, requested that the SIU come into the organisation to carry out an investigation, around allegations of mismanagement, which were brought forth, and which the Auditor-General in its report, at the time did not investigate.”
Kganyago added that the SABC is awaiting the final report from the SIU and that they “will respond accordingly to the report through proper channels.”