Johannesburg - The Special Investigative Unit on Thursday said its investigation into the R185 million security tender at the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) was above board and didn't target the former interim board at the public broadcaster led by Khanyisile Kweyama.
This followed the former board's decision this week to have the report reviewed in court.
"We have noted that some of the reports are damagingly misleading to the public. The SIU findings relating to the former interim board members are based on evidence gathered and members of the former interim board are affected for no other reason other than that they constituted the SABC accounting authority," the organisation said in a statement.
The former interim board, led by ex-chairwoman Kweyama, on Tuesday slammed the report saying it was factually wrong and contained errors. Kweyama, accompanied by ex-board members Mathatha Tsedu, Krish Naidoo, Febe Potgieter-Gqubule and John Matisson told reporters it was themselves who requested the SIU to probe the security tender after whistleblowers alleged irregularities in the bidding process, and were surprised to discover that the SIU didn't consider the whistleblowers' information during the investigation.
"Every decision we took was based on legal advice from the SABC. We worked tirelessly to save the SABC and succeeded in cutting losses by R500 million. All five members who served on board are proud of our performance and will defend our reputations vigorously to the full extent of the law. We found it curious that of all SABC cases referred to the SIU by the interim board, this is the only matter in which the SIU recommends criminal action," Kweyama said on Tuesday.