R185m SABC security tender was ‘irregular’

The resignations of the four come after reports that new communications minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams was “at war” with the board over the retrenchments of 981 permanent staff and 1,200 freelancers, and allegations that members refused to allow her to first negotiate a bailout with finance minister Tito Mboweni before going ahead with the job cuts.

The SIU said its initial investigations into the security tender revealed that the “SABC flouted its own procurement policies” in awarding the contract to second-ranked bidder Mafoko Security, which was reportedly R2m more expensive than the highest-ranked bidder, Mjayeli Security.

The tender was for the provision of security services to the SABC over five years. It was put out in February 2017 and was awarded by the interim board, the same one that was arguing with the minister.

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