Two senior SABC executives have been placed on special leave pending an investigation arising from allegations made by staff to top management, writes Lloyd Gedye in the Mail & Guardian.

The SABC confirmed this week that acting chief executive Gab Mampone had decided to suspend the general manager of sales for radio and television, Strini Naicker, and the general manager for human resources, Lene Chamberlin.

Naicker is facing further heat as one of the SABC managers singled out by the Communications Workers Union (CWU) in a dossier it is compiling about alleged wasteful expenditure.

The unions are understood to have singled out numerous examples of what they deem wasteful expenditure, including R481 000 spent on a 2007 SABC board Christmas party; R175 000 on Naicker's MBA degree and millions spent on consultants they allege do the job management is employed to perform.

SABC spokesperson Kaizer Kganyago accused the unions of singling out expenditure items which, taken out of context, look sensational.

Kganyago explained Naicker's MBA by saying the SABC had numerous bursaries for staff members wanting to further their education. The Christmas party was a farewell function for the previous board.

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