The SABC's top brass quietly authorised an upfront payment to a company with which it was not allowed to do business just days before Christmas — violating both Treasury and the corporation's own procurement rules. The company, Infonomix, was paid R5.1-million for redesigning seven SABC websites as part of a five-year contract. This is one of dozens of questionable deals SABC executives are believed to have rushed through on the eve of the festive season.

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