An SABC executive has admitted that the broadcaster has its
share of "rotten apples" as calls mount for a full forensic
investigation into "wastage" and mismanagement at the organisation, according to a report on

"We have our fair share of rotten apples who are trying to infect us with a deadly virus – incompetence," acting chief executive Gab Mampone told Parliament's portfolio committee on communications.

Earlier a 14-page memorandum from the Communications Workers Union and the Media Workers' Association of South Africa, alleging that "money has been wasted with impunity" at the SABC, was handed to the committee.

The unions called for an immediate independent forensic audit into the SABC, which reported a financial loss of R839-million for the 2008/09 financial year.

The broadcaster has asked the government for a R2-billion bailout.

"We demand full accountability and complete answers from the SABC board and management on the way that the SABC had been mismanaged, bringing it to the point of collapse, which endangers all of our livelihoods," the memorandum stated.

Among the unions' allegations was a series of payments, valued at several million rand, made to the company Gemini Consulting.

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