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SIU head hopes SABC probe can be test case for quick investigation

SIU head Andy Mothibi says a second meeting with the board on Monday, will give clarity on role the SIU can play.

FILE: The SABC. Picture: Supplied

CAPE TOWN – Head of the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) Andy Mothibi says if it gets the go-ahead to carry out forensic investigations at the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC), it could become a test case for how quickly the unit can do its work.

He told Parliament’s Justice Committee on Thursday his unit wants to speed up investigations and wants to become the state’s preferred service provider for investigations into corruption and maladministration.

But the SIU has had to enlist help from Treasury to get state institutions to pay it the more than R400 million it’s owed.

The SIU has approached the SABC interim board to assist in carrying out recommendations made by a Parliamentary ad-hoc committee probing the public broadcaster.

SIU head Andy Mothibi says a second meeting with the board on Monday will give clarity on the role the SIU can play.

“They only have six months and they need to turn around that situation as quickly as possible, so we will probably have to turn around that situation as quickly as possible.”

Meanwhile, Mothibi says the SIU is also this year expecting to recover a substantial amount of money from fraudulent social grant claims following a major investigation into South African Social Security Agency.

(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)

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