The Special Investigating Unit (SIU) briefed parliament about the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) probes and revealed that they were trying to recover hundreds of millions of Rands from various companies and former SABC executives.
SIU Head Andy Mothisi said the investigators found evidence of irregularities on appointments made by former chief operations officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng.
“The investigation produced evidence to intimate or join civil litigation instituted by the SIU and SABC in High Court matters. The value of the matters is estimated at just over R560 million,” said Mothusi.
“This resulted in 11 criminal referrals to the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) and, evidence which supported 24 disciplinary cases at the SABC.”
Parliament’s portfolio Committee on Communications said it “welcomed progress made” by the SIU.
According to the committee’s statement two contracts worth more than R100 000 were set aside by the court after being found to be irregular.
They added that they decided to invite the NPA “as soon as possible” to get an update on the 11 criminal referrals.
Koketso Ramorei is a journalist and news editor of SADC News with years of experience in a number of genres including sports, politics and community reporting. He has worked for a numerous publications including The Citizen Newspaper and is a former editor of a Johannesburg-based off-campus publication called The Waldorfian Times.