Monday, November 12, 2018

South Gauteng High Court sets aside SABC's controversial R50 million contract with Vision View Productions for new studio; Special Investigating Unit (SIU) now going after former SABC CEO James Aguma for damages.

The Special Investigating Unit (SIU) has announced that it has successfully investigated, reviewed and got the South Gauteng High Court to set aside the controversial R50 million contract irregularly entered into between the SABC and Vision View Productions for the refurbishment of studios.

The cancelling of the controversial contract as part of this past Friday's court judgment is part of the ongoing process of rooting out the rot of procurement irregularities, maladministration, irregular expenditure and corruption at the beleagued South African public broadcaster.

The SIU is also busy recovering damages totaling over R62 million in another irregular contract between the SABC and Lornavision that was set aside in May 2018.

The SIU is also going after damages from the former SABC CEO James Aguma.

On Friday the Competition Commission also ruled that the controversial TV channels carriage agreement between the SABC and Naspers' pay-TV arm MultiChoice, signed in 2013, constitutes a notifiable merger and should be declared by MultiChoice and the SABC as such.