SABC fires 123 staff for ‘gross dishonesty’

Johannesburg - Public broadcaster the SABC has fired 123 employees following its investigation into allegations of medical aid fraud.

Last year, the SABC said about 200 of its staff had allegedly "colluded" with medical practitioners to defraud the broadcaster's medical aid scheme which is run by Medscheme.

SABC spokesperson Kaizer Kganyago told Fin24 that the broadcaster launched an investigation into the approximately 200 staff.

The broadcaster then charged 134 staff and after a disciplinary process, the SABC found that 11 staff were found not guilty of the charges.

Subsequently, 123 staff have been dismissed with immediate effect, Kganyago said.

“For now, this is the end of the investigation because we went through the investigation and the discplinary process, therefore anything that comes up will be a new matter,” Kganyago told Fin24 by phone.

Meanwhile, SABC Chief Operations Officer (COO) Hlaudi Motsoeneng said in a statement that “the SABC remains committed to rooting out corruption and fraud and we take such cases seriously”.

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