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South Africa: R5.1 billion irregular expenditure a historic issue – Aguma

The South African Broadcasting Corporation’s (SABC) Acting Group Chief Executive Officer James Aguma says irregular expenditure of R5.1 billion at the broadcaster is a historic issue mainly due to supply management not complying with the law dating as far back as 2008.

Briefing Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Communication on the SABC’s 2015/16 annual report, Aguma says another contributing factor, was that the Department of Communications implemented policies that were not in line with the law.

He says it is not true that R5.1 billion was wasted.

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“Chairperson we are looking historically at records, in the spirit of transparency and accounting, we bring them to the fore, if we find these historical amounts we are going to put it there, it is going to look big, that the SABC has wasted R5.1 billion, it is not necessarily true that we wasted R5.1 billion, what we are saying is that certain processes were not followed.”

 

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