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Hlaudi, Aguma could face criminal charges over misconduct at SABC

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Hlaudi Motsoeneng, James Aguma and other board members, officials, and employees of the SABC current or former, may face criminal charges for their involvement in decisions which resulted in the near collapse of the public broadcaster.

This was revealed by SABC interim board chairperson, Khanyisile Kweyama, as she addressed the Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Communications in a meeting to lay out the progress the board has made so far, and what else it’ll be doing for the next few months before its term ends.

“The SABC is seeking legal opinion on the liability of board members, officials, group executives and employees who participated in meetings where decisions were taken contrary to the policies of the corporation, the King Code of Good Governance and legislative framework governing the SABC,” Kweyama said.

The board also wants to nail those who were complicit in the SABC incurring wasteful expenditure as a result of irregular activities.

Aguma presided over the SABC as acting CEO during a year where the public broadcaster posted a R1 billion lost in revenue loss and wasteful expenditure.

Motsoeneng has been fingered as a culprit in an irregular deal between the SABC and Multichoice. The SABC has also lost over R200 million in ad revenue due to the 90% local music radio quota and 80% local TV content quota put into place by Motsoeneng

The previous SABC board, including non-executive and executive members, were all apparently aware of and in some cases, supported, decisions made by Motsoeneng and Aguma.

Kweyama also added that the board is probing all appointments of all executives and provincial general managers made between January 2011 and December 2016. The board is currently in the final stages of appointing a new permanent CEO and COO.

The interim board will complete its term in September and intends to hand over and make final presentations to the Minister of Communications and Parliament before then.