SABC waiting on SIU probe to determine next steps against Aguma

James Aguma was facing ten charges, including breaching his fiduciary duties and dishonesty.

A screengrab of former SABC Group Chief Executive James Aguma. Picture: Screengrab

JOHANNESBURG – The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) says it will await the outcome of a probe by the Special Investigative Unit into contracts at the public broadcaster to determine the next step it will take against its former acting group CEO James Aguma.

Aguma resigned from his position on Wednesday with immediate effect.

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

His resignation means that the SABC has dropped the charges it had levelled against him.

The SABC says although it's dropped all the charges it had instituted against Aguma, the Special Investigative Unit’s probe into certain contracts could possibly result in criminal charges being instituted against him.

The public broadcaster’s interim board chairperson Khanyisile Kweyama says: “If we take through a forensic audit and it gives the results that there was wrongdoing, then we do go and recover the monies where we’re able to.”

Kweyama says that the outcome of the investigation, which is looking into irregular and wasteful expenditure at the public broadcaster, will also determine how they go about recovering money lost.

“There are potential criminal actions that may arise out of the SIU investigation and only at that stage would we know what’s to be recovered, how and when.”

Aguma was facing ten charges, including breaching his fiduciary duties and dishonesty.

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 Leeto M Khoza)