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James Aguma’s suspension was long overdue - Cope

The SABC announced his suspension pending an investigation by the interim board into irregularities in procurement and expenditure.

FILE: A screengrab of former SABC CFO James Aguma. Picture: Screengrab

JOHANNESBURG - The Congress of the People (Cope) says the suspension of the South African Broadcasting Corporation’s (SABC) Chief Financial Officer James Aguma was long overdue.

The public broadcaster announced his suspension pending an investigation by the interim board into irregularities in procurement and expenditure at the organisation.

The SABC had for months denied a financial crisis but it has since been revealed that it accumulated an operating loss of more than R500 million in the first quarter of 2017.

The party says it hopes Aguma's disciplinary process will not take months or years to finalise.

Cope spokesperson Dennis Bloem said, “Cope welcomes the suspension of James Aguma. He and Hlaudi Motsoeneng have turned the SABC into their own private broadcaster, they caused a lot of damage to the SABC and caused a lot of trauma to many of the SABC journalists.”
(Edited by Winnie Theletsane)