Parliament’s standing committee on public accounts (Scopa) sent the SABC packing on Wednesday because of its failure to provide the information it had requested on irregular expenditure amounting to R4.9bn. The committee has asked the SABC to come back with the relevant information on Wednesday next week. Scopa had sent letters to the SABC detailing exactly the kind of information was required for the meeting, but was told by SABC officials that that information was not available. “Lack of this information makes it difficult for the committee to continue with deliberations on the financial statements of the SABC that the committee should deal with,” Scopa chair Themba Godi said. “The committee is concerned with the fact that SABC seems to have lost the momentum of cleaning out the rot that had begun when the previous interim board had been constituted.’’ He said Scopa had had the impression that the interim board compiled monthly reports on what was happening at the SABC. ‘‘It is th...

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