SIU still waiting for president to sign off on probe into SABC mismanagement

Last week, the Economic Freedom Fighters said the delay is tantamount to "defeating the ends of justice."

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CAPE TOWN - Pressure is mounting on President Jacob Zuma to sign a proclamation that would allow the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) to probe mismanagement at the SABC.

The SIU was expecting Zuma to issue the directive by the end of June, but it's unclear why he has not.

Last week, the Economic Freedom Fighters said the delay was tantamount to "defeating the ends of justice."

A pParliamentary inquiry into the leadership meltdown at the SABC preceded the dissolution of the broadcaster's one-member board and the establishment of an interim one.

African National Congress member of Parliament, and whip of the Communications Portfolio Committee, Lerumo Kalako says the sooner the president gives the green light, the better.

“Don’t prolong a situation of uncertainty.”

SABC spokesperson Kaizer Kganyago says the interim board is not able to tell the President what to do.

“The board has always said that it would have loved to have this thing done while they are still in office.”

Kganyago has denied a media report that board members are worried the delay could see former COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng cashing in on his sizeable pension.

The Star newspaper is reporting that it would be difficult for the SABC to recoup the money if Motsoeneng is found to have benefited illegally from dealings at the SABC.

(Edited by Zinhle Nkosi)