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Scopa unhappy with lack of internal controls at SABC

Scopa chairperson Themba Godi says they are determined to find out who’s responsible for wasting taxpayers’ money and to ensure they are held accountable.

FILE: SABC offices in Auckland Park, Johannesburg. Picture: Tshepo Lesole/EWN

CAPE TOWN – Parliament’s Standing Committee on Public Accounts (Scopa) says it’s unhappy with the lack of internal controls at the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) which has led to more than R5 billion in irregular expenditure.

Scopa visited Auckland Park this week as part of its oversight work.

It has requested management explains, in detail, what action has been taken against employees who have paid for services without contracts in place.

Scopa has spoken to officials in the internal audit, supply chain management and human resources sections of the public broadcaster to get to the root of the R5.1 billion in irregular expenditure.

The committee has requested a detailed list of all consultants used over the past two years.

Scopa chairperson Themba Godi says they are determined to find out who’s responsible for wasting taxpayers’ money and to ensure they are held accountable.

“We are not happy with the state of things at the SABC but at Scopa we are going to have continuous engagement, particularly each and every transaction that constitutes that R5 billion irregular expenditure.”

The committee says it’s concerned about the high number of vacancies at the public broadcaster, particularly at senior management level.

(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)

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