SABC bosses to get spy checks

2012-03-18 17:15

Johannesburg - SABC bosses may be vetted by the country’s spies in a desperate bid to get rid of dodgy managers with criminal records.

A task team appointed by the national broadcaster’s acting operations chief Hlaudi Motsoeneng to implement the findings of the 2009 auditor general’s corruption probe, has recommended that “all current and future key positions be vetted [for adverse credit and criminal records] with immediate effect as an enhancement to internal risk controls”.

According to a report by SABC officials, Sully Motsweni and Tiaan Olivier, who head the task team, the public broadcaster hopes this will proactively identify any criminal or fraudulent activities carried out by prospective or current employees.

The vetting, which the task team wants incorporated into the public broadcaster’s recruitment policies, will be done in terms of the National Strategic Intelligence Act.

The act empowers members of the state security agency to conduct security screening investigations to determine the security competence of a person employed by a state entity and dealing with classified information.

Polygraph tests

According to Motsweni and Olivier’s report, the vetting process will include gathering details of criminal and financial records and personal information by intercepting and monitoring communication and polygraph tests.

A number of senior SABC appointees have fallen foul of the law, including former legal services boss Mafika Sihlali, who is currently out on bail while facing fraud charges.

Motsoeneng himself recently came under fire after it was reported that he was earmarked for the operations chief position despite not having completed matric.

SABC spokesperson Kaizer Kganyago said the plan was a proactive measure designed to minimise mistakes.

State security agency spokesperson Brian Dube did not respond to messages sent to him.

  • Adam - 2012-03-18 17:28

    This should apply to ALL GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS as well.

      Anthony - 2012-03-18 17:52

      the real tragedy is that this is required at all---think about it --only in africa

      Herman - 2012-03-18 20:28

      SO MUCH money WASTED on paying these SABC officials, then more wasted on getting people to still police them, check on them that they don't commit fraud and fall pray to corruption!?!?!? WHAT a WASTE!!! Cry the beloved country!!!

  • phathuchicos - 2012-03-18 17:29

    OMG...there goes our national broadcaster that used to rival they can only rival ZBC...shame...perhaps its time they bring foreign experts in overhauling it...

      John - 2012-03-19 01:19

      Foreign experts will not be BEE compliant. ...Ishhh problem

  • Bertus Pretorius - 2012-03-18 17:37

    The soon to be top cop already has a dodgy tag, so why bother with the lower guys?

  • Heibrin - 2012-03-18 17:47

    I wonder how many people actually realize what is really going on: Firstly, gag the media (our contentious little secrecy act), then require all state-run enterprises's management to be screened by your secret service.... Am I the only one seeing where this is going?

      Riaan - 2012-03-18 22:41

      Indeed. I think it has more to do with where the potential candidate's loyalty lies. With the ANC (and more specifically Showerhead) or the opposition.

  • Tim - 2012-03-18 17:48

    Polygraph test: Do you understand the concept of good programming? Yes.......Lie Do you intend to show any programs that are not repeats? Yes.......Lie Do you think that we need another flippin "magazine program"? No........Lie Etc Etc

      Sedick - 2012-03-18 20:20

      They will use the polygraph to filter out the scum and and send the rest home....If they had to apply this to the current Government, they will all pass the test......

  • Al-ameen - 2012-03-18 18:07

    Come one guys! The SABC is giving way too much publicity to Malema. In fact the dude is getting more coverage than Zuma. They have to start a purge at the SABC, as things hot up for Polokwane.

  • Sharon - 2012-03-18 18:25

    Wouldn't it be nice if they did this BEFORE thy sign the employment contract with the fat salary?

      Sedick - 2012-03-18 20:22

      They did, that is why all the scum were employed. All the ones that were found with principles, incorruptible, clean records were denied jobs......

  • Ian - 2012-03-18 18:34

    Yet, the "top cop to be" is un-vetted even though he has a string of "dodgy episodes" the length of your security checks there of course!!!!

  • Julio - 2012-03-18 18:54

    Here's a good story. The SABC should make a documentary about their management structures and show on air. This would make a best selling comedy.

  • Piet - 2012-03-18 20:22

    This is afrocentric, so i am told!

  • Kevin - 2012-03-19 05:10

    Put a proper private sector board into the SABC to turn it around. The current puppets are a ridiculous and are there at the expense of the tax payer.

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