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Probe into SABC's R840m crisis starts

By Anna Majavu | Jul 22, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

THE Auditor-General has started a three month forensic probe into the R840million financial crisis plaguing the SABC.

This follows the SABC's request to the government for a R2billion bailout.

Corporate executive in the Auditor-General's office Pramesh Bhana yesterday told Parliament's portfolio committee on communications that unless the probe "received unhindered support and cooperation, it will not be successful".

The committee ordered the probe on July 1 after SABC trade unions released a dossier alleging that management spent R1,38million on catering for a strategic planning session with consultants and that R2,7million was spent on car subsidies for 23 managers, among others.

The former SABC board, which was disbanded three weeks ago after all but one of its members resigned, also made allegations against SABC executive managers, including that management spent R227million on consultants in one year.

Bhana confirmed to the portfolio committee that the "source of the documents", which form the basis of the probe, were the unions' dossier and a document containing allegations by former board members

But SABC executives are not keen to be probed.

SABC acting chief executive Gabs Mampone said the probe would need to be extended to include new information "volunteered" by executive management, but Bhana disagreed, saying a "mushrooming" investigation might spiral out of control.


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