The SABC splurged more than R700,000 on a luxury German SUV to chauffeur one of its controversial former board chairmen at a time when the public broadcaster was bleeding money.
The Sunday Times understands that the Audi Q5 procured for former SABC board chairman Mbulaheni Maguvhe is now gathering dust in an Auckland Park parking lot, unused since his exit from the broadcaster.
The spending on the luxury SUV, which took place in July 2016, was kept under wraps until this week, when it was quietly exposed by former communications minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane in a written reply to a question from the DA.
The reply shows that the cash-strapped SABC, which at the time was battling to stay afloat and whose staff were requested to accept low salary increases, forked out R740,000 for the Audi SUV.
A standard Audi Q5 at the time retailed for R620,000 but the SABC paid R119,000 more for it after it was fitted with special features such 20-inch alloy wheels at a cost of R24,000 and a panoramic sunroof for a further R18,000. Another R8,870 was spent on a park-assist system, among other features.