SABC board suspends audit chief

SABC chairman Ben Ngubane and his deputy have controversially suspended the organisation’s audit head.

SABC chairman Ben Ngubane and his deputy have controversially suspended the organisation’s audit head.

JOHANNESBURG - Eyewitness News has learnt the SABC's chairman and his deputy have controversially suspended the organisation's head of audit.

This latest development comes after it was announced that Auditor General Terence Nombembe would investigate acrimonious infighting within the South African Broadcasting Corporation board, as well as accusations of corruption and mismanagement by members.

The SABC confirmed that its chief audit executive had been suspended but said the matter was between the employer and employee, and it was therefore not at liberty to discuss it.

Lorraine Francois also confirmed to Eyewitness News that she intended pursuing her suspension legally.

According to the Public Finance Management Act and the SABC internal Audit Charter, the audit committee must agree to her removal.

In a notice of intention to suspend her, which was signed on 1 November, chairman Ben Ngubane told Francois that she had been working against the interest and authority of the board.

Her suspension is being viewed as an attempt to suppress an explosive governance audit report done by Sizwe Ntsaluba Gobodo.

In an e-mail to the audit committee, Francois denied distributing the report externally.