SIU guns for ex-SABC execs

2012-09-23 16:15

Johannesburg - Six former SABC bosses may face criminal charges and civil claims to recover millions of rands lost by the public broadcaster in irregular, fraudulent and corrupt deals in which they were allegedly involved.

The group includes former chief executive Dali Mpofu, who could face a civil claim for his alleged involvement in the R326m digital migration contract the SABC signed with Siemens.

City Press has studied a report by the SABC’s acting risk and governance executive, Sully Motsweni, that recommends civil action against Mpofu and ex-legal services boss Mafika Sihlali following a lengthy Special Investigating Unit (SIU) probe.

The full SIU report has not yet been released, but Motsweni used the unit’s findings as a basis for her report.

Mpofu declined to comment on Friday, saying he had not seen the document.

In her report, Motsweni said Mpofu and Sihlali contravened a group executive committee resolution that barred them from awarding contracts worth more than R10m.

She accused Mpofu of ignoring legal opinion on the Siemens contract.

Unfair advantage

This had concluded that the company had an unfair advantage over the other 21 companies that bid for the tender.

Sihlali is currently facing fraud and corruption charges for allegedly outsourcing the SABC’s legal services to SBS Attorneys, owned by his friend Sylvester Sithole.

Sithole has also been charged with fraud and corruption.

Sihlali allegedly earned R330 000 in kickbacks through the bank account of Leandra Football Club, which he owned, in exchange for R6.1m legal work.

Other former bosses who may face charges and civil claims include:

» Former acting chief executive Gab Mampone, who apparently signed the memorandum of understanding with Siemens, also in contravention of his delegated authority and the Public Finance Management Act (PFMA).

The SIU says it could not find the board approval required for such action.

Mampone and his personal assistant, a “Ms Motau”, are accused of having made irregular payments to suppliers.

The matter has now been referred to police.

Mampone, however, said he had settled all claims with the SABC.

“They can try to sue me but won’t get far,” he said.

He denied all the allegations against him.

“Any action would be defended vigorously with costs on a punitive scale,” he warned.

Football rights

» Ex-content enterprises executive Mvuzo Mbebe is also facing a possible lawsuit over his role in signing Spanish football rights with Nigerian company Entertainment Highway Limited.

Mbebe is currently the chief executive of the local organising committee of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations and 2014 African Nations Championship tournaments.

Mbebe said he would wait for the SABC’s action before commenting.

» Former international acquisition head Matilda Gaboo could face criminal charges for allegedly buying unaired programmes that cost the SABC about R170m.

The SIU is reportedly drafting a charge sheet against Gaboo.

Attempts to contact Gaboo were unsuccessful.

» Former acting chief technology officer Sharoda Rapeti allegedly misrepresented facts to the SABC’s group executive committee by saying the Siemens contract would cost R10m in its first year when she knew it would cost R23m.

No contract

The SIU says Rapeti contravened the PFMA and possibly committed fraud.

She instructed Siemens to start working without a written contract in place, according to the SIU.

Rapeti did not respond to requests for comment.

SIU spokesperson Boy Ndala said the unit had laid some of the criminal charges and left others to the SABC.

Motsweni’s report also recommends that criminal charges, for contravention of the Prevention and  Combating of Corrupt Activities Act, be laid against Radio 2000’s David Mashabela for failing to declare his interests in a company that did business with the SABC.

Mashabela Creatives was allegedly paid about R860 000 without following proper procurement procedures.

The SIU found Mashabela Creatives’ appointment not compliant with the SABC’s supply-chain-management policy.

Attempts to contact Mashabela were unsuccessful.

The unit has also recommended disciplinary action against 369 former and current SABC employees, of whom 304 were still employed by the public broadcaster at the beginning of July.

SABC spokesperson Kaizer Kganyago said the public broadcaster was not prepared to ­comment on the issues raised in the report because they were now in its lawyers’ hands.

  • MallyGold - 2012-09-23 17:00

    It seems that every person employed by the government, or has any access to taxpayers money in any way, has developed a propensity to steal. A probable cause is the absent controls on taxpayers money by ignorant MP’s and useless Governor’s of this country. If this is the case then the government officials are culpable for the missing billions of our money and should be incarcerated.

  • peter.mansfield.395 - 2012-09-23 17:09

    Does the ANC only appoint its corrupt cadres to top jobs, or are all its cadres corrupt, and the appointment of corrupt cadres simply an inevitable consequence of its policy of appointing its cadres to top jobs? Or is its Cadre Deployment Committee terribly incompetent or just have an incredible eye for the hugely corrupt?

      danny.levin.351 - 2012-09-23 17:18

      Peter, the question is whether or not there is a single ANC member who is not a corrupt thief... I think we know the answer to that question.

      Erna - 2012-09-23 20:30

      All of the above!

      croix.mactee - 2012-09-23 22:30

      Peter Is that a "trick question"? I would very much like to see ONE cadre who is NOT corrupt - just name ONE ............ Please!

  • jannie.kotze.7 - 2012-09-23 17:27

    South Africa corrupt to the core!! Nowhere in the world can you find criminal activeties to the extend that it is prevailing in SA. What is more, they are all politicaly connected to the ANC. Nothing is goig to happen to them. They will get medical perole even before a charge sheet is drawn up. This level of corruption, is it at all possible??? You are a disgrace to people of SA. Anarchy, Neputism Corruption = ANC.

  • lorna.sisusa - 2012-09-23 17:27

    What a shame this is what ANCYL and ANC will call (Economic Freedom)<-- Mind boggles .. Privatization of SABC and SAA would reflect a great success in the South African Society,there are areas within the country where you would find that there's only one SABC channel that is playing but they are forced to pay TV license.. This is just a disgrace..

  • jan.vanommen.10 - 2012-09-23 17:45

    It is or was too easy. Get it back! All of it!

  • braamc - 2012-09-23 18:15

    Pay your license it is the right thing to do. GFY

  • john.thelps - 2012-09-23 18:24

    Thieves ,thieves ,thieves. I work my but off, you take more than halve for tax. Maybe I should join you and start keeping back my taxes.

  • Mandla Luther Chabalala - 2012-09-23 18:30

    corruption grew its tap-Root deep in the Government n its parastestals ,ANC s using its leaders to enrich themselvs through Tax payers money. just watch the space this case wl not go anywhere. Poor South Africans

      hein.huyser - 2012-09-24 05:45

      @Mandla, more reason to get rid of the anc. They had 20 years now, and all we see is, "everything the anc touched, turned to sh##t". Enough now.

  • jeffrey.d.walker.9 - 2012-09-23 18:39

    The Republic of Cafrica, enough said.

  • stanton.clarke - 2012-09-23 19:42

    Is there not a list of ANC appointed officials who were found guilty or suspected of fraud, corruption and all the other bad stuff they are accused of since the dawn of the new SA. Im surprised none of the opposition parties has pounced on such an idea yet.

      stanton.clarke - 2012-09-23 19:43

      Oh, and amounts involved.

  • robes.spear - 2012-09-23 19:59

    If it is linked to the ANC it is corrupt. If it works the ANC will find a way to break it. There are PDIs who are not corrupt but it must be hard not to be tainted by the stink of corruption the ANC has introduced into society. Dark days indeed!

  • alwyn.vantonder - 2012-09-23 23:22

    Next up.. they should investigate the ANC..

  • tommo.too - 2012-09-24 02:16

    And what dø all the execs have in common?

  • Gerald Jordaan - 2012-09-24 05:21


  • hein.huyser - 2012-09-24 05:36

    Serves them right. This big scale corruption started with the government arms deal, and like the cancer of rape, perpetuated by showerhead, have sickened every cANCer person in a position of decisionmaking Gone with them and the anc. No more stealing

  • arthur.salvado - 2012-09-24 08:03

    Never ending story. What to do ? Stop the supply of money. Go figure

  • obadia.segwape - 2012-09-24 08:40

    3 channels ? no wonder why

  • Tim Elliott - 2012-09-24 11:40

    Is there a single state entity where there isn't an investigation into fraud?

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