South African Broadcasting Corporation's boss Dali Mpofu is back in the spotlight after a man he hired, now stands accused of defrauding the broadcaster of at least R1.8-million, writes Buddy Naidu in Sunday Times.
Mpofu has yet to suspend SABC legal head Mafika Sihlali who, an internal audit found, spent millions in various dodgy deals. The SABC group chief executive was advised to suspend Sihlali in April pending a probe into his irregular spending.
Mpofu has business links with Sihlali in at least nine companies whose interests range from mining to investments and financial services.
The internal investigation followed two anonymous letters sent to the SABC board members earlier this year detailing alleged corruption and mismanagement by senior managers – including Mpofu.
Board chairman Eddie Funde declined to say whether managers other than Sihlali were under investigation.
He said: "We really can't talk about the investigations that we are conducting until they are completed … this an internal process that we are busy looking at."
A report compiled by the broadcaster's group internal audit unit reveals how Sihlali:
The damning report could place Mpofu's job on the line after a series of controversies since his appointment in 2005.
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