After repeatedly denying that it had made any monetary contributions to the failed Thank You SABC Music Concert held at Orlando Stadium in September, it has now been revealed that the public broadcaster did in fact plough R2,6 million in the controversial show.

Communications Minister Faith Muthambi revealed the amount spent this week in a response to a parliamentary question from the Democratic Alliance (DA).

“The Department of Communications did not budget for or spend on the Thank You SABC Music concert,” said Muthambi.

“The Thank You SABC concert was an initiative hosted and coordinated by Phumelela Group at Orlando Stadium to thank the SABC and the board for its endeavours to develop local music. Costs pertaining to the event would have been directed and charged to the organisers by all service providers contracted to the event.”

She confirmed that the SABC had made a contribution of R2 695 750 to the Phumelela Group – the organisers of the event.

The SABC has yet to comment on the information saying that a press conference will be held in Johannesburg later today.