On Wednesday the Standing Committee on Public Accounts (Scopa) was forced to send the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) back for not providing the information that the committee had requested on irregular expenditure amounting to R4.9bn.

Scopa had sent letters to the SABC detailing exactly the kind of information that was required for Wednesday’s meeting. However, the committee was told at the meeting that the information that Scopa had requested on the irregular expenditure is not available.

Lack of this information made it difficult for the committee to continue with deliberations on the financial statements of the SABC, that the committee should deal with.

The report which detailed two phases of investigations included the specific cases, names of the people involved, the amounts involved and the status of the matters currently being investigated. This information has assisted the committee in keeping track of the consequence management that is happening at the SABC in light of the hundreds of billions of rand that should be recovered from the implicated individuals.

The SIU says there was evidence that there were irregularities in awarding of tenders to eight companies, the awarding of Hlaudi Motsoeneng’s success as well as various appointments and salary increases awarded to Motsoeneng.

The SIU confirmed the Public Protector’s findings following appointments of SABC staff or salary increases were irregular for Sully Motsweni, Thobekile Khumalo and Guga Duda.

In the second phase the SIU investigation comprised of some not all of :

  • TNA,
  • SABC security tender,
  • Irregular appointments of seven SABC officials
  • Irregular payment of bonuses which include 13th cheques to Senior Managers and R31 million paid of  R10 000 to 3124 staff,
  • Irregular expenditure which includes R5 million SARS penalty and validity of a sample of Tax Clearance Certificates
  • Conflicts of interest,
  • Legends payments of R2.4 million paid to 53 artists
  • SABC Heritage/Thank you Concert +- R27 million

Scopa has also welcomed the detailed report from the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) on all the investigations at SABC.