Shortly before the festive season, top executives at the SABC quietly authorised suspect contracts and forward payments worth millions of rand. A payment schedule shows that several payments to lawyers, production companies and other service providers were rushed through in November and December. Infonomix — a company the SABC isn’t supposed to do business with because its tax affairs aren’t in order — was paid more than R5m upfront on December 12 to redesign seven websites as part of a five-year contract. Audit firm SekelaXabiso started work nearly three months before it signed a contract with the SABC. It also sent proforma invoices to the SABC before a formal contract was signed. Former SABC chief operating officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng’s lawyer Zola Majavu was paid R1m; Nigiza Horner Attorneys, which handled a slew of questionable labour dispute cases for the SABC, was paid R1.2m; and Mchunu Attorneys, the firm that cleared Motsoeneng of wrongdoing despite damning findings by former...

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