Pensions

SABC confirms it will withhold pensions to recover ‘irregular benefits’

“So the SIU can’t move and let the country know — it’s because of Mr Zuma. He’s sitting on the proclamation‚ it’s unacceptable. Maybe he’s implicated. Maybe his friends are, again, implicated, said Ndlozi, who noted that Zuma had been sitting on the proclamation for months.

Ndlozi urged the interim board to press charges against Motsoeneng and Aguma. “Why haven’t you pressed criminal charges? I’m not happy. I think you are adopting the same process of being slow like the president of the Republic.”

ANC MP and committee chairperson Humphrey Maxegwana said the justice committee was looking into how the SIU should proceed on the matter of the SABC. “They are handling it and I think we must also have interaction with the justice portfolio committee on the matters so we know who is delaying this thing.”

DA MP Phumzile van Damme said it was very concerning that the president hasn’t signed the SIU proclamation. “It might be worth it again, from Parliament or from this committee, to write a letter to the president on when you will approve the SIU proclamation.”

Another ANC MP Lerumo Kalako asked the interim board if they had received any report from the SIU, noting that people who have done wrong are given a long leeway because of the SIU’s “unending investigations”.

In her report, Kweyama said the SABC commissioned the SIU to conduct a forensic investigation into fruitless and wasteful expenditure incurred between 2012 and March 31 2017 amounting to more than R5bn.

Said Kweyama: “The board has sought legal opinion on the liability of [former] board members‚ group executives and officials who knowingly participated in the making of decisions, or acceded to decisions being made, which are contrary to the policies of the corporation‚ principles of corporate governance contained in the King Code of Governance, and in breach of the legislative framework governing the corporation.”

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