MTN mum on human rights action
Cellphone operator MTN on Monday said it was not going to comment on the Democratic Alliance (DA)’s...
Cellphone operator MTN on Monday said it was not going to comment on the Democratic Alliance (DA)’s decision to take the group to the South Africa Human Rights Commission.
The opposition party claims the cellphone giant helped the Iranian government eavesdrop on telephone conversations.
In the United States, rival operator Turkcell said the process caused South Africa to vote against United Nations sanctions over Iran's nuclear weapons programme.
Earlier, MTN won a tender to run the cellphone network in Iran.
Turkcell was the rival bidder.
The DA's David Maynier said it was important for the commission to investigate.
“We cannot sit back and allow flagship companies to allegedly be involved in possible human rights violations.”
(Edited by Zethu Zulu)