Scopa set to probe SABC cor­rup­tion

The Star Early Edition - - POLITICS - SIYABONGA MKHWANAZI

THE Stand­ing Com­mit­tee on Pub­lic Ac­counts (Scopa) wants to get to the bot­tom of cor­rup­tion at the SABC.

This is the point they want to drive home when they meet with the Spe­cial In­ves­tiga­tive Unit (SIU) and the SABC in­terim board to­day.

Scopa chair­man Themba Godi said yes­ter­day that they wanted all the is­sues re­lat­ing to in­ves­ti­ga­tions to be con­ducted com­pre­hen­sively.

“(To­day’s) meet­ing is to agree on the scope that by the time the procla­ma­tion is is­sued (by Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma), we are all on the same wave­length,” he said.

The SABC has been haem­or­rhag­ing in the last few years, with the losses for the 2016/17 fi­nan­cial year ex­pected to rise to R1.1 billion.

The SABC has lost on suc­ces­sive quar­ters in the last fi­nan­cial year, record­ing a ma­jor loss of R509 mil­lion in the fourth quar­ter.

This fol­lowed a com­bined loss of more than R430m in the first and sec­ond quar­ters.

Last year, the SABC lost R411m and it lost R395m in 2015. The year be­fore that it lost more than R500m.

The last time it re­ceived a bailout was in 2010 when then-fi­nance min­is­ter Pravin Gord­han agreed to the R1.4bn loan guar­an­tee.

It was able to raise the money from the banks and re­paid it in two years, and said at the time it was re­cov­er­ing.

But Godi said yes­ter­day that they wanted the SIU to get to the bot­tom of cor­rup­tion at the pub­lic broad­caster.

They wanted to en­sure the meet­ing they had with the SIU and SABC in­terim board would pro­duce the de­sired re­sult, that all the key in­ves­ti­ga­tions were in the hands of the SIU.

Godi said they would also ask the SIU about the pre­vi­ous in­ves­ti­ga­tions it had con­ducted at the SABC.

Scopa told the in­terim board in Par­lia­ment a few weeks ago it wanted clean gov­er­nance at the pub­lic broad­caster.

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