Reports have it that another R42 million fraud was uncovered at the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC).
BuzzSouthAfrica gathered that it was a whistle-blower that alerted the Parliament’s communication committee about the fraud.
The R42 million fraud revolves around a legitimate tender for refurbishing a studio being abruptly cancelled and awarded to a company called Vision View.
A document released by the whistle-blower showed that the price for the refurbishment was grossly over-inflated.
Also, it was alleged that the finance managers who attempted to bring the procurement irregularities to the board’s attention were suspended.
Confirming this development, the chairperson of Parliament’s communication committee, Humphrey Maxegwana asserted that “heads must roll” after the allegations are verified.
Maxegwana stressed that those involved in the illegal tender deal must face the law.
“If those things are true then there is a lot that needs to be done in correcting those things and to put the standing of the SABC to what South Africans need,” stated Maxegwana.
However, Makhosi Khoza a member of the ad-hoc committee empowered to probe the fitness of the SABC board remarked that she’s not aware of the allegations.
She said: “we are not aware and I don’t think the committee collectively know because such documents were never tabled to us. We have never seen anything of that sort.”
Meanwhile, SABC refused to comment on the issue saying it would undermine the ad-hoc committee’s probe of the corporation.
“Unfortunately I cannot comment on that matter… I think people must just wait for Parliament’s inquiry. We would be undermining Parliament if we discussed matters that are before the inquiry,” SABC’s spokesperson Kaizer Kganyago said.