ACTING SABC chief executive Gab Mampone has admitted that the organisation had its fair share of "rotten apples".
His admission yesterday to Parliament's communications portfolio committee came amid claims of wasteful expenditure by unions representing staff. Last week Kanyi Mkonza, former chairperson of the SABC board, also laid into senior managers, accusing them of mismanagement, including the fact that they ran up a petrol bill of R18million from November 2007.
The committee discussed a report submitted by the Communications Workers Union and the Media Workers Association of SA that said "money had been wasted with impunity". In response Mampone said: "We have our fair share of rotten apples who are trying to infect us with a deadly virus: incompetence."
Committee chairperson Ismail Vadi suggested that the allegations be passed on to the state prosecuting authorities for further investigation.