Aguma could face criminal charges as SIU probes certain contracts

The SABC interim board chairperson Khanyile Kweyama says an investigation by the SIU is still going ahead.

FILE: James Aguma. Picture: YouTube screengrab.

JOHANNESBURG – The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) says although it's dropped all charges against its former group CEO James Aguma, the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) is still probing certain contracts and could possibly file criminal charges against him.

Aguma resigned from the public broadcaster with immediate effect on Wednesday.

His decision was announced during his disciplinary hearing in Sandton.

He was suspended in May for allegedly lying about former COO Hlaui Motsoeneng's disciplinary hearing.

Some of the charges Aguma was facing in his disciplinary hearing include breach of fiduciary duties and dishonesty.

But now that he has stepped down, the SABC says it will no longer pursue these charges.

However, the corporation’s interim board chairperson Khanyile Kweyama says an investigation by the SIU is still going ahead.

“Certain contracts have been referred to the SIU for investigation. In the event of Mr Aguma being implicated in the outcome of such an investigation, a different process will unfold in that regard.”

Kweyama says she does not know how far this investigation is.

She has confirmed that Aguma’s letter of resignation was received on Wednesday afternoon.

Kweyama says the SABC did not anticipate that Aguma would resign on Wednesday but that it accepts his decision and has not discussed any settlement with him.

She said: “We went through a disciplinary process, we respect it and will accept whatever comes out of the process. There is no settlement discussion with Mr Aguma.”

(Edited by Winnie Theletsane)