The DA today submitted a Promotion of Access to Information Act (PAIA) application to the Department of Communications to gain access to documents containing the motivation behind the SABC’s R3 billion bailout application.

A week ago it was revealed that the SABC had applied for a R3 billion from National Treasury to steer it out of choppy waters.

“The DA has on previous occasions requested that Minister Ayanda Dlodlo reveal the full bailout amount the SABC was requesting, to which she replied that the amount did not matter. Now that the R3 billion amount has been revealed, it is clear that it does, in fact, matter,” said DA spokesperson, Phumzile van Damme.

“This is an astonishing amount of money, which could be much better spent on more pressing matters affecting the people of South Africa.”

The DA is requesting the PAIA application to know the exact reasons for requesting this amount, “considering that the SABC Interim Board recently revealed that there has been an improvement in the SABC’s financial position”.