SABC interim board hands SIU documents over controversial tender
The SABC's interim board says it has provided documents to the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) over a controversial tender.
They are being investigated for awarding a security contract worth almost R200-million to Mafoko Security Patrols. The company came second in the bidding process but had a higher BEE compliance rating than Mjayeli Security Services.
The SABC board members numbers have been slashed from 12 to eight. Krish Naidoo, Khanyisile Kweyama, John Matisonn and now Mathatha Tsedu have thrown in the towel. All four were part of the five-member interim board that awarded the R185-million security tender.
The SIU says it has discovered irregularities in the awarding of the contract. Lawyers representing them insist everything was above board, and say their resignations are unrelated to the SIU investigation.
“The current contract could not be extended any further, and that extension would have resulted in a definite irregularity,” said Tebogo Malatji, a lawyer for the SABC Interim Board. “The other option which they had and were advised by legal supply chain management is that they were entitled to look at all the bids and choose any other bidder other than the successful one.”
Their lawyer says their resignations have nothing to do with the SIU investigation, which they'll cooperate with. It's understood that at the centre of the exodus, is a standoff among board members over interventions by Communications Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams.
The minister has insisted the board reverses a decision to retrench some 2 000 employees - but some board members have cried “political interference.” The president has accepted the board members' resignations.