The SABC spent more than R680‚000 on the travel costs of board members and officials who were supposed to testify before a parliamentary ad hoc committee looking into affairs at the broadcaster. Some of the board members refused to testify even after travelling from Johannesburg to Cape Town. This is according to a reply to a DA parliamentary question. The SABC paid more than R20‚000 for flights and accommodation for former chief operating officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng, and spent more than R31‚000 on the travel costs of former CEO James Aguma. Other estimated travel costs the SABC covered include R183‚000 for former SABC chairman Prof Mbulaheni Maguvhe; R100‚000 for former SABC company secretary Theresa Geldenhuys; and R34‚000 for SABC company secretary Lindiwe Bayi. The officials stayed in the five-star African Pride Crystal Towers and the Hilton Hotel in Cape Town, among others. In the parliamentary reply‚ the financially distressed SABC said it would not recover the money from the in...

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