SIU starts SABC probe

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New Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Min­is­ter Mmamoloko Kubayi has said the Spe­cial In­ves­ti­gat­ing Unit (SIU) has com­menced its probe into the South African Broad­cast­ing Cor­po­ra­tion (SABC).

Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma re­cently signed a procla­ma­tion giv­ing the SIU a man­date to in­ves­ti­gate mat­ters re­lated to pro­cure­ment at the broad­caster. The in­ves­ti­ga­tion will look at con­tract­ing for goods, work or ser­vices by or on be­half of the SABC from var­i­ous com­pa­nies or ser­vice providers and pay­ments made in a man­ner that was not fair, trans­par­ent, com­pet­i­tive, eq­ui­table or cost ef­fec­tive.

The in­ves­ti­ga­tion will also look at whether there was any undis­closed or unau­tho­rised in­ter­est that cer­tain SABC per­son­nel may have had with re­gard to con­trac­tors, sup­pli­ers or ser­vice providers who sub­mit­ted bids for work or did busi­ness with the cor­po­ra­tion. “The SIU has al­ready com­menced its work and in fact, I am in­formed that they have been al­lo­cated an of­fice at the SABC,” Kubayi said.

“Once the in­ves­ti­ga­tion is com­plete, it is only then that the truth will be known. It must be noted that govern­ment has suf­fi­cient in­sti­tu­tions in the coun­try, such as the Hawks and As­sets For­fei­ture Unit, to deal with all al­leged mis­con­duct and it is not up to the Min­is­ter to pre­de­ter­mine the out­come of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.” –

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