SABC Under Scrutiny As Ghost Workers Scandal Rocks News Division: “Here We Go Again”

SABC Under Scrutiny As Ghost Workers Scandal Rocks News Division: “Here We Go Again”

  • The SABC launched a comprehensive investigation into irregular, corrupt and fraudulent freelance contracts
  • One implicated manager has tendered an immediate resignation while other staff members face disciplinary proceedings
  • South Africans are stunned that the state broadcaster is still plagued by maladministration and corruption
Stock photo of a shocked woman and an entrance to the SABC office
The ANC addressed corruption allegations within the news division. Image: Stock photo and Sharon Seretlo
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JOHANNESBURG - The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) is undergoing a thorough investigation into freelance contracts that have been deemed irregular, corrupt or fraudulent.

SABC takes action against staff members

Initiated by the group executive of news, Moshoeshoe Monare, the probe has already seen one manager resign with immediate effect, reported SABCNews.

Other implicated staff members are undergoing disciplinary processes.

Leaked SABC email

Rather concerning is an anonymous email circulating on social media that shows payments of 'ghost workers.'

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This revelation has heightened the urgency and intensity of the investigation as SABC endeavours to address any financial irregularities and maintain transparency within the organisation.

Citizens address the corruption at SABC

South Africans on social media weighed in on the apparent corruption at the public broadcaster. Many expressed that they are not surprised, given the culture of abusing power in the country.

Pablosh Dipapatlele said:

"No surprises at all, this is South Africa, anything is possible."

Gift Mpho asked:

"Don't you have an existing HR, doesn't it perform headcount verification?"

Bastiaan Vermooten mentioned:

"Here we go again, but why am I not surprised?"

Lebo Mcquinn wrote:

"I hope this time around it has nothing to do with Hlaudi. Wow, but this institution mara."

Jason Evershed mentioned:

"They do not even know who's working there, how useless are you? SABC is useless that much."

Msizie KaLwazi Mnguni stated:

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"Viva ANC."

Fetsi Mphela added:

"ANC cadres."

1 159 Ghost workers disappear from Prasa's payroll

In another article, Briefly News reported that South Africans smell a rat in the Prasa ghost employee scandal, with many citizens speculating that someone in top management was in on the scheme.

This comes after Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula revealed that almost 1 159 'employees' disappeared from Prasa's payroll system in one day when Operation Ziveze launched. The drop in employee numbers resulted in the parastatal saving R200M in salary payments.

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Hilary Sekgota (Head of Desk for Evening and Weekend content) Hilary Sekgota is the Head of Desk for Evening and Weekend content at Briefly News. She completed a BA in Communication Science from Unisa in 2018 and a Diploma in Journalism from Varsity College in 2010. She also passed a set of trainings by Google News Initiative. Hilary joined the Briefly News team in 2022 and started her journalism career at Tshwane Sun. She has 12 years of experience covering current affairs and human interest topics. Email:

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