A former SABC executive is under investigation for allegedly wasting tens of millions of rands on useless programmes and giving contracts to friends ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬Â including a supplier who claimed to be the father of one of her children, writes Rowan Philp in the Sunday Times.
Matilda Gaboo, head of the broadcasterÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s international programme acquisition division until May last year, is alleged to have wasted at least R49-million in two years on overpayments and TV programmes that were not screened.
It has been established that the investigation into Gaboo, 45, was triggered after she dumped a bag containing R121584 cash for business-class air tickets for a close friend, ANC treasurer-general Mathews Phosa, and her child on the desk of a travel agent.
The Sunday Times is in possession of a preliminary internal audit, which investigated allegations of ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œmass corruption and gross mismanagementÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â during GabooÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s three-year tenure in the department.
It found R38.7-million in wasted money as of September last year. A second audit in the SABCÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s ongoing investigation, produced by legal firm Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr and Comperio Forensics, puts the irregular and wasted expenditure under Gaboo at R49-million as of this week.
This report, presented to the audit committee on Wednesday, warned that the amount ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œcould increase substantiallyÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â because only 38 out of 165 of GabooÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s deals had been analysed.
With the SABC already projecting a R784-million deficit, experts said a full audit might show that a single manager swelled the broadcasterÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s bank overdraft by more than R100-million.
Click here to read the full report, posted on thetimes.co.za.