Parliament’s Standing Committee on Public Accounts (Scopa) expressed shock over the resignation of former SABC acting CEO, James Aguma, adding that it takes it as admission of guilt for the financial mess that the public broadcaster finds itself in.

Aguma resigned suddenly yesterday just before he was set to face a disciplinary hearing over misconduct at the SABC. His resignation means that he no longer has to face the hearing.

“Mr Aguma might have avoided scrutiny on a litany of charges that he was facing – but as Scopa we call on the SABC Interim Board to pursue its investigation to ascertain criminal liability on the part of all officials and managers at the SABC, including Mr Aguma,” Scopa said

“From the internal audit report on evergreen contracts, Scopa believes that some officials, including Mr Aguma, may have a further case to answer. Scopa calls on the internal forensic audit unit of the SABC and the Special Investigating Unit to expedite their processes so that those who are liable can be held to account for the irregular, fruitless and wasteful expenditure.”

Scopa applauded the SABC interim board for its effort to clean the public broadcaster up and end the impunity that wrongdoers like Aguma and Hlaudi Motsoeneng have enjoyed.

“As Scopa has said before, the tide has turned against corrupt officials at the SABC and as a Committee, we will continue to keep a close watch over the SABC until there is strict adherence to the Public Finance Management Act (PFMA) and National Treasury regulations on the management and expenditure of public funds,” Scope chairperson, Themba Godi said.