SABC’s Aguma faces damages claim over irregular contract. Photo: African News Agency (ANA)

CAPE TOWN – The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) on Tuesday welcomed the announcement made by the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) to hold the former chief financial officer and former acting chief executive of the SABC, James Aguma, to account.

SIU head Advocate Andy Mothibi said on Monday that the criminal justice system would have to work collaboratively if efforts to curb corruption in government, state-owned entities and in the corporate sector are to pay off, following the South Gauteng High Court setting aside an irregular R52 million contract between the SABC and Vision View Production. 

The setting aside of the contract is reported to have come in the wake of the setting aside of another irregular contract between SABC and Lornavision worth R62.7m. The contract related to debt collection services by Lornavision. 

Mothibi said: “A claim for damages suffered as a consequence of this irregular contract against the propagators of it, namely Lornavision (PTY) Ltd and Mr James Aguma, the SABC's former Acting CEO, is currently underway.” 

Dominique Msibi, Outa’s Portfolio Manager for Special Projects; which among others, includes the public broadcasting sector, said: “We are encouraged that James Aguma will be held accountable for his contribution to bringing the SABC to its knees.” 

“This outcome continues to confirm that transgressors who have captured our state-owned entities and economy for at least the past decade for personal gain, will not escape the long arm of the law, and will face other consequences for their actions,” added Msibi.

Aguma is registered as a practicing accountant with the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants which, Outa said, ensured that the actions of individuals practicing under the umbrella of this esteemed institution were held to the highest standards of ethical governance.