SABC acts on luxury vehicles

2011-11-17 15:15

Johannesburg - Disciplinary action will be taken by the SABC after a probe into the use of leased luxury vehicles by its news teams, the broadcaster said on Thursday.

"We have taken action and within two weeks we will give the results," said acting group chief executive Hlaudi Motsoeneng.

"Those people will be disciplined," he said.

Stakeholder relations manager Sully Motsweli said the company with the tender to supply the leased cars had not had sedans and bakkies suitable for the SABC's needs.

Instead, it supplied 22 Mercedes-Benzes from its own fleet.

Due process

"The SABC did not go out and acquire Mercedes-Benzes to the value of R20m," Motsweli said.

The SABC launched an investigation into the leases in October after reports that the public broadcaster had spent R20m on 86 luxury vehicles for its news team.

Motsoeneng said only one employee person had been found to have signed for the cars so far, that it had been not within the employee's authority to do so and that due process had not been followed.

The internal audit could still find others implicated in the irregular car leases, he said.

  • Stinkhout - 2011-11-17 15:39

    Are they fitted with blue lights?

      Bardy - 2011-11-17 15:46

      I think Julius must have a hand in this! Tenderpreneurship is my thoughts...

      Peter - 2011-11-17 15:53


  • Jeanne - 2011-11-17 15:43

    just because the employee didn't have authority does not excuse the SABC from responsibility...

  • procold2 - 2011-11-17 15:48

    the company awarded the tender did not have suitable vehicles, then why were they awarded the tender in the first place,sound like someones hand got greased.

      Deeteem - 2011-11-17 15:52

      Good point @procold2 !! Not "sounds like" but "definately" !!!

  • StarStruck - 2011-11-17 15:49

    How does it happen that a person without the permission to sign for these cars ended up signing for them? This is how things are being done with taxpayers money. These buggers have really got nothing figured out aka ANC. Processes was in place in the old regime to prevent this from happening when it was still called SAUK and TV2. Did they just decide well ok this rule will not work me because I am now the boss or what?? They can't even broadcast new material, the state keeps bailing them out and they keep shuffling directors. The shuffling seems to be giving everyone a chance to drive the SABC further down a cliff. These employees do not deserve what they have.

  • Kevin - 2011-11-17 15:52

    Believe the sabc is a nightmare to work for as no one know whats potting . I suppose I should stop paying my T.V. liscense so that the people who don't pay can have T.V. Especially since the place is so badly run without business principles and process. It' all very well to say I will discipline them but if there was proper processes this would never happen

  • damonsb - 2011-11-17 16:18

    let them drive the cars,at least thereis somthing on the road to watch other than that wotsemacallit on SABC

  • Neville - 2011-11-17 16:24


  • clive.jeepman - 2011-11-17 16:28

    Jeeze they can talk such cr@p !!! They did not order the Mercs, they were just supplied with them and blue lights, even though they actually wanted Bakkies ! WOW, how Convenient and thoughtful of the Motor Dealer !Long Long Ago, In A Land Of Milk and Honey ;-)

  • Beverly - 2011-11-17 16:56

    No wonder there is no money for decent programming. between the DSTV subscriptions and luxury cars for the staff, there cant be a lot left over. But Comrades please pay your TV licence "its the right thing to do"!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Kala - 2011-11-17 17:29

    The phrase "these people will be disciplined" is meaningless. We all know that "disciplined" means a career move within the State's various departments. When will the day return that "disciplined" meant getting your ass fired at best.

  • Cheryl - 2011-11-17 18:14

    What is it with these sabc people. they are public sevants not f...g celebrities....they just seem to harvesting money and producing f..all of any value. what a crock of sh.t SABC tv is. and they say they do not have enough money to improve things.....f..g un-nationalise the SABC today...and dont you ever ever ever try and nationalise our country's mines you f..g bunch of corrupt thieves....

  • Dorothea - 2011-11-17 20:00

    why cant the previously disadvantaged just get on with their jobs. why is it always about bling and fancy status symbols?

  • Nikki Bodenstein - 2011-11-18 20:47

    They don't need to be driving luxury cars! I must pay tv license for this cr@p?!

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