SABC boss Hlaudi Motsoeneng overruled his staff to push through a R167-million contract with a production company co-owned by President Jacob Zuma’s daughter Gugu Zuma-Ncube‚ Sunday Times reported.\

The chief operating officer reversed a recommendation by a review panel of six members‚ who had decided not to renew the popular Uzalo drama series for a second season‚ it said.

Their concerns were that there was no proper business plan‚ the budget was “about 10 times that of a 13-part series” and there had been problems during the show’s first season with “writing‚ aesthetics and delivery‚ Sunday Times reported.