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SABC probes R20 million car lease report

11 October 2011 - 11:27 By Sapa

The SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has launched an investigation into the alleged breach of a moratorium on leasing of new vehicles, spokesman Kaizer Kganyago said on Tuesday.

"We are acting on the matter, we are speaking to people," he said.

He was responding to an Eyewitness News report that the public broadcaster spent R20 million on luxury vehicles for its news team.

According to the report, 86 new vehicles were sourced from the SABC’s current suppliers in September for R20 million, despite a moratorium being in place while a new tender process was underway.

Eyewitness News reported that in an e-mail exchange between managers at the broadcaster, they explain the circumstances which led to this. Managers said the news team was desperate for vehicles and the shortage of cars was becoming crippling. Crucial stories were being missed and for six months camera people could not leave the office.

Kganyago said the public broadcaster could not comment on the alleged R20 million spent on cars, pending its investigation to the matter.