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Parly committee questions hiring policies of SABC

SABC is being probed on various issues in the Auditor General’s report, including irregular expenditure of R5 billion.

FILE: SABC offices in Auckland Park Johannesburg. Picture: EWN.

CAPE TOWN – Parliament’s standing committee on public accounts has questioned the South African Broadcasting Corporation’s (SABC) hiring policies.

Acting CEO James Aguma is among officials appearing before the committee on Wednesday.

They are being probed on various issues in the Auditor General’s report, including irregular expenditure of R5 billion.

Member of Parliament Mnyamezeli Booi says investigations have revealed background checks, including criminal records, have not been done by the SABC’s human resources department.

“With a background of this nature that people who have got criminal records, people whose citizenship has not even been verified and they are in the employment of the SABC, how does these processes work because these all contribute to the problem of irregular expenditure.”

Meanwhile, some current and former SABC executives found to have been complicit in mismanagement could now be held criminally liable.

A Parliamentary Committee probing the SABC concluded its work on Friday, adopting its final report which also implicates Communications Minister Faith Muthambi.

The committee found there was serious mismanagement, political interference and a series of unlawful appointments, some apparently aided by Muthambi.

The ad hoc committee is calling for a reputable independent company to conduct a forensic investigation into irregular appointments, suspicious contracts and salary increases.

It also wants the in-coming board to ensure the positions of group CEO, COO and CFO are filled by qualified and experienced professionals.