SPECIAL INVESTIGATING UNIT TO PROBE PROCUREMENT PROCESSES AT SOUTH AFRICAN PUBLIC BROADCASTER

PRETORIA, President Jacob Zuma has authorised the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) under the Presidency to investigate certain matters in respect of procurement at the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC).

The proclamation, which was announced on Friday, authorises the SIU to investigate the allegations of procurement of, or contracting for goods, works or services by or on behalf of the SABC from various companies or service in a manner which was not fair, transparent, competitive and equitable or cost effective.

The SIU will look into serious maladministration in connection with the affairs of the SABC, improper or unlawful conduct by its board members, officials or employees, the unlawful appropriation or expenditure of public money or property and the intentional or negligent loss of public money or damage to public property.

Earlier this year, the National Assembly, the lower house of the South African Parliament, adopted a report by an ad hoc committee probing governance issues at the SABC. Among others the report, which laid bare mismanagement at the broadcaster, recommended a forensic investigation into suspect contracts.

The previous board was dissolved and replaced by an interim board earlier this year.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK