Communications Ministry defends Faith Muthambi

The ministry says the SCA ruling didn’t order the reversal of the digital migration process.

Communication Minister, Faith Muthambi. Picture: GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG - The Communications Ministry says the Supreme Court of Appeal ruling overturning Minister Faith Muthambi' s decision to implement un-encrypted digital terrestrial television did not order the reversal of the digital migration process.

But the South African Communist Party (SACP) says she must now simply implement the decision and start the rollout of encrypted digital TV.

Judges said yesterday that e.TV was right to complain that it, and other organisations like Independent Communications Authority of South Africa, had not been consulted about the change.

The SACP's first deputy general secretary Solly Mapaila says Muthambi must comply with the judgment.

"Her job now is to sit down and implement this decision because this is the position of government."

e.TV has argued that it will be impossible for it to broadcast high quality programmes if the un-encrypted system is implemented.