It’s now time to clean up, says Godi

Scopa wants SABC scoured

The Star Early Edition - - NEWS - KHAYA KOKO

‘AGUMA’s res­ig­na­tion is just the peb­bles be­fore the land­slide; we want to see the SABC cleaned up.”

This is what Scopa chair­per­son Themba Godi re­marked to The Star in re­ac­tion to yes­ter­day’s sud­den res­ig­na­tion of the pub­lic broad­caster’s act­ing chief fi­nan­cial of­fi­cer, James Aguma, who was also act­ing group chief ex­ec­u­tive.

Aguma ten­dered his res­ig­na­tion with im­me­di­ate ef­fect to the SABC’s in­terim board yes­ter­day morn­ing at his dis­ci­plinary hear­ing, where he was fac­ing a num­ber of charges.

These in­cluded al­leged fi­nan­cial im­pro­pri­eties and neg­a­tively in­flu­enc­ing the dis­ci­plinary hear­ing of the SABC’s con­tro­ver­sial former chief op­er­a­tions of­fi­cer, Hlaudi Mot­soe­neng.

SABC in­terim board chair­per­son Khany­isile Kweyama an­nounced at yes­ter­day’s brief­ing in Joburg that, in line with par­lia­men­tary rec­om­men­da­tions, cer­tain con­tracts sus­pected to be im­proper had been handed over to the Spe­cial In­ves­ti­gat­ing Unit (SIU).

Where Aguma was im­pli­cated, Kweyama added, crim­i­nal pro­cesses should fol­low.

“Some of them (the con­tracts) re­late to some of the charges around dis­hon­esty and pos­si­ble crim­i­nal ac­tiv­i­ties,” she said.

Godi, who is the chair­per­son of Par­lia­ment’s stand­ing com­mit­tee on pub­lic ac­counts, said Scopa be­lieved Aguma’s res­ig­na­tion was “an ad­mis­sion of guilt” for the SABC’s “fi­nan­cial mess”; and would help the broad­caster to im­ple­ment its in­ter­nal foren­sic au­dit as well as the SIU’s in­ves­ti­ga­tions into al­leged im­pro­pri­eties at the broad­caster.

“In the past, there have been in­ves­ti­ga­tions done by the SIU but there would be no im­ple­men­ta­tion. So, once bit­ten, twice shy,” Godi con­tended.

“We would want to have those (re­ports) mon­i­tored and time­lines and a roadmap to be put in place in terms of how to fol­low up on those in­di­vid­u­als who will be named.

“This in­cludes any­body im­pli­cated, in­clud­ing Aguma and Hlaudi Mot­soe­neng – as long as a per­son’s name is in the re­port, there will be no holy cows,” he warned.

Godi added that Scopa was pleased with the in­terim board in clean­ing up the SABC; and would con­tinue pro­vid­ing the board sup­port to en­sure that “the ad­her­ence to the PFMA (Pub­lic Fi­nance Man­age­ment Act) be­comes a norm at the SABC”.

Kweyama pointed out at the brief­ing that there had been “no set­tle­ment dis­cus­sions on the ta­ble” be­tween the board and Aguma fol­low­ing his res­ig­na­tion.

Former SABC act­ing CFO James Aguma

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