SIU To Probe Corruption At Lotus FM

The SABC is on task to resolve a number of corruption-related cases involving employees and management, dating back to 2014.

This information was revealed by Minister of Communications, Ayanda Dlodlo in a written reply to questions sent by the DA.

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According to Dlodlo, the SABC Forensic Unit has issued 37 forensic reports on allegations ranging from fraud and corruption, to bribery and nepotism at the public broadcaster since May 2014. However, many of these findings still await corrective action from SABC management.

Among some of these cases are the following:

  • Lotus FM Dramas – on 24th August 2015 a report was issued regarding allegations that the drama producer at Lotus FM signed and submitted tax invoices and timesheets on behalf of an independent contractor. The report found that the producer’s husband is a freelance writer for the independent contractor which she failed to declare. The report recommended disciplinary action against the producer, however, no action has been taken.
  • Irregularity of appointments and re-appointment of staff at the station

Allegations of bribery are being investigated where an HR employee is said to have received home appliances in exchange for renewed employment contracts.

At current a moratorium has been imposed on the broadcaster during the re-organisation of executive positions.

Other investigations underway include:

  • SABC Medscheme – 24 SABC employees colluded with a clinical psychologist to bill SABC Medscheme for fictitious consultations and in return, the psychologist paid the employees a cash amount. This report was issued on 23rd July 2014 and the implementation of the recommendations are still in progress as an additional 192 incidents have been identified.
  • Ukhozi FM Drama – Freelance actors submitted fictitious invoices in collusion with the drama producer. Action against the implicated actors and producer is still in progress, despite the report being issued on the 3rd of June 2014.

“It is now clear that the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) should start with the mammoth task of addressing all the corruption in the SABC immediately. The SABC interim board Chairperson, Khanyisile Kweyama, indicated in Parliament last week that a request has been sent to the President to sign the proclamation for the SIU to investigate the SABC. The President is yet to sign and must do so immediately for the investigation to commence,” the DA’s Phumzile van Damme said.

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