President Jacob Zuma has authorised the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) to investigate certain matters in respect of procurement at the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC), in terms of section 2 (2) of the Special Investigating Unit and Special Tribunals Act, 1996. The Proclamation authorises the SIU to investigate the following allegations:
• The procurement of, or contracting for goods, works or services by or on behalf of the SABC from various companies or service providers and payment made in respect thereof in a manner that was not fair, transparent, competitive and equitable or cost effective.
• Any undisclosed or unauthorised interest that certain members of the personnel of the SABC may have had with regard to contractors, suppliers or service providers who submitted bids for work or did business with the SABC; or contractors awarded by or on behalf of the SABC.
The Proclamation further authorises the SIU to investigate allegations of:
(a) Serious maladministration in connection with the affairs of the SABC.
(b) Improper or unlawful conduct by board members, officials or employees of the SABC.
(c) Unlawful appropriation or expenditure of public money or property.
(d) Unlawful, irregular or unapproved acquisitive act, transaction, measure or practice having a bearing upon State property.
(e) Intentional or negligent loss of public money or damage to public property.
(f) Unlawful or improper conduct by any person, which has caused or may cause serious harm to the interests of the public or any category thereof.
Issued by: The Presidency