Lotus FM Crooks Must Be Brought To Book

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

According to Mbuyiseni Ndlozi, Economic Freedom Fighters MP and national spokesperson, Parliament’s standing committee on public accounts (SCOPA) heard from SIU head advocate Lekhoa Mothibi that Zuma has not signed the proclamation for the SIU to begin with the SABC investigation, even though it has been ready to begin with its investigation since May.

Earlier this year, the National Assembly adopted a report by the ad hoc committee that investigated the SABC board, which laid bare widespread mismanagement at the public broadcaster, including what it termed “questionable contracts and fraudulent activity.

Alleged misrepresentation pertaining to the funds raised during the Warm Hearts Campaign.

No proper documentation of shoes bought and distributed, were kept for reconciliation and audit purposes. The recommendation by the Forensic Unit was that progressive disciplinary action to be instituted against former Marketing Manager and the Programmes Manager.

Lotus FM Dramas fraud allegations were also reported

It was alleged that the Drama Producer at Lotus FM signed and submitted tax invoices and timesheets on behalf of an independent contractor. The Drama Producer’s husband is a freelance writer for the Independent Contractor and she did not declare it.

The Drama Producer had unsigned tax invoices for the Independent contractor on her computer, which she claimed the Independent contractor gave to her.  The Drama Producer submitted tax invoices and time sheets on behalf of the Independent contractor.  The Drama Assistant allegedly witnessed the Drama Producer signing the tax invoices for the Independent contractor.

Various documents were submitted to the Forensic Analysis. It was concluded that the Drama Producer could not be excluded from having forged the signatures as the invoices were not signed by the Writer.

Signatures could not be linked to the Drama Producer as there was an element of deception on the signatures.The Drama Producer could not be conclusively linked to the disputed signatures.

The recommendation that has been made was that disciplinary action against the Drama Producer is to be instituted and that management should terminate the contract of the independent contractor whilst drama producers should declare their relationships with prospective writers.

Stealing Songs

Singer and Producer altered a song belonging to another artist and submitted it to Lotus FM as his own; and the Station Manager at Ukhozi FM authorised the use of SABC studio without payment.

Station Manager Ukhozi FM allowed the singer and producer to use SABC Studios without a written contract. Committing him to the delivery of music in return for free utilisation of the studios to record music for the SABC to capacitate the station with 90% local content & music.


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