SIU starts SABC probe
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.” – SAnews.gov.za