Gupta’s New Age, SABC breakfasts subject of SIU probe

The Special Investigating Unit says the South African Broadcasting Corporation bled millions upon millions of rand, during the tenure of former Chief operation officer Hlaudi Motsoaneng, other senior managers and the previous board. Courtesy #DStv403

CAPE TOWN - Payments by government departments to the Gupta’s New Age breakfasts are now the subject of a probe by the Special Investigating Unit.

The corruption-busting team was briefing Parliament on Tuesday on investigations into alleged criminal wrongdoing at SABC during former Chief Operating Office Hlaudi Motsoaneng’s stint.

The SIU said the SABC bled millions upon millions of rands, during Motsoaneng’s tenure, other senior managers and the previous board and the effects of the wastage is still evident.

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The new SABC board said the national broadcaster is on the brink of financial collapse, with threats of retrenchments for hundreds of staff.

The SIU is suing Motsoaneng and other managers to pay back the misspent millions but he is fighting to not to be held liable for R23-million in bonuses, irregular appointments, suspensions, and unlawful firings.

The SIU said while it’s fighting to have the money returned, it’s also consulting with the National Prosecuting Authority to see if any criminals charges can be brought.

The unit is also examining whether the government contributions to the Gupta's TNA business breakfasts broke any laws.

The occasions were often broadcast live on SABC.