R3m ticket scandal at SABC revealed
Executives given scores of top seats
TOP SABC executives are set for a bumper World Cup season as they were allocated a total of 277 tickets for top seats at the tournament out of the 2 190 tickets bought for R3.3 million by the cash-strapped corporation.
According to a confidential internal document, SABC chairman Ben Ngubane and group chief executive Solly Mokoetle got 86 tickets each for the tournament – two each for kickoff and the final and six tickets each for a further 14 matches.
SABC board deputy chairwoman Felleng Sekha got 66 tickets – two for the kickoff, a semifinal match in Cape Town and the finals, and six tickets for each of a further 10 games.
The remaining 10 members of the SABC board, however, have to divide their tickets carefully, as the board was given 20 tickets for kickoff and 20 for the final, as well as four tickets for the Brazil vs Cote d’Ivoire match in Johannesburg on June 20.
Tickets were also allocated to 33 journalists, most of them from the SABC or from the print media, who were on the SABC “hospitality guest list”.
The other tickets went to television and radio divisions within the SABC, as well as to listener competitions.
Ngubane yesterday said he was only allocated four tickets for each of the matches when the document indicated six.
“I did not ask for these tickets, it was done by the SABC’s administration, so they are the right people to ask about it.”
He said the tickets were intended for entertaining corporate partners, and he himself would not be going to all the matches.
He would prefer to attend the matches where the SA team, Bafana Bafana, would be playing, and even then he would be accompanied by business partners, he said.
“Whoever got tickets will have to report to the SABC afterwards about how they were used,” he said.
Mokoetle yesterday refused to say whether his allocation was correctly indicated on the document.
He also threatened to take legal action should the information be incorrect.
And he demanded to know the source of the information.
Communications Minister Siphiwe Nyanda last week revealed that the SABC had spent R3.3 million on the World Cup tickets for “stakeholders”, something which the DA said could not be justified given the entity’s financial status.