SABC board to lodge claim against licence fee collectors

The SABC interim board is also reviewing a deal with MultiChoice regarding its archive material.

FILE: The SABC headquarters in Johannesburg. Picture: Supplied.

CAPE TOWN - The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) interim board says it plans to lodge a claim against Lorna Vision, the company it contracted to collect license fees.

Last week, the company lost an appeal against the cancellation of the contract.

SABC interim board chairperson Khanyisile Kweyama on Tuesday told Parliament that as far as possible, the board is taking its own action on questionable contracts, while a proclamation for the Special Investigating Unit to investigate is pending.

Parliament's Communications Committee says it is concerned that there is still no proclamation from President Jacob Zuma to give the Special Investigating Unit the go ahead to investigate contracts referred to it by the board.

Kweyama says that the board is conducting its own probes where it can.

“We also set up an office so that by the time the proclamation has passed, we are starting to gather documents.”

The board is also reviewing a deal with MultiChoice regarding its archive material.

She says aspects of the agreement are not advantageous to the broadcaster or in the public interest.