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MPs chide SABC over explanation into irregular expenditure

Parliamentarians say the SABC has failed to provide sufficient explanations on R5.1 billion in irregular expenditure.

FILE: This file photo shows MPs at work on their draft report following an inquiry into the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC)’s fitness to hold office. Picture: Gaye Davis/EWN.

CAPE TOWN – Parliamentarians say the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has failed to provide sufficient explanations on R5.1 billion in irregular expenditure.

Acting CEO James Aguma and other officials appeared before the standing committee on public accounts on Wednesday.

The committee was probing the irregular expenditure as well as fruitless and wasteful expenditure of R92 million revealed in the Auditor General’s report.

Committee chair Themba Godi has expressed unhappiness with how the SABC has responded to parliamentary procedure.

“I’m not happy with what you did. To give us information in the 11th hour - that was wrong.”

Member of Parliament Mkhuleko Hlengwa says the public broadcaster must not think it 'lives in an ivory tower’ and its finances are the exclusive domain of its leadership.

“As a taxpayer and a TV license payer, if I’ve made a payment, I expect that R1 to be taken seriously.”

Aguma said an investigation into the irregular expenditure will be concluded at the end of the month.

(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)