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All Eyes On Lotus FM In SIU Probe

#IndianSpiceLeaks On Friday, the Presidency released their statement saying that President Jacob Zuma had finally authorized the SIU to proceed with investigation into “certain matters in respect of procurement” at the SABC, in terms of section 2 (2) of the Special Investigating Unit and Special Tribunals Act, 1996.

The Proclamation authorizes the SIU to investigate the following allegations:

– The procurement of, or contracting for goods, works or services by or on behalf of the SABC from various companies or service providers and payment made in respect thereof in a manner that was not fair, transparent, competitive and equitable or cost effective;

– Any undisclosed or unauthorised interest that certain members of the personnel of the SABC may have had with regard to contractors, suppliers or service providers who submitted bids for work or did business with the SABC; or contractors awarded by or on behalf of the SABC;

The Proclamation further authorizes the SIU to investigate allegations of:

– Serious maladministration in connection with the affairs of the SABC;

– Improper or unlawful conduct by board members, officials or employees of the SABC;

– Unlawful appropriation or expenditure of public money or property;

– Unlawful, irregular or unapproved acquisitive act, transaction, measure or practice having a bearing upon State property;

– Intentional or negligent loss of public money or damage to public property;

– Unlawful or improper conduct by any person, which has caused or may cause serious harm to the interests of the public or any category thereof.

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.

Some of the key Lotus FM probes include

Among some of these cases are the following:

In June, a moratorium has been imposed on the broadcaster during the re-organization of executive positions.

Other investigations underway include:

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