Dlodlo to introduce encrypted form of digital terrestrial TV

Communications Minister Ayanda Dlodlo says she’s clear on where she stands and she will follow ANC policy on this and has no plans to change it.

FILE: Minister of Communications Ayanda Dlodlo takes her oath during the swearing in ceremony of President Jacob Zuma's new cabinet on 31 March 2017. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN

DURBAN – Communications Minister Ayanda Dlodlo says she will introduce encrypted form of digital terrestrial television because that is what African National Congress (ANC) policy says she must do.

ANC officials have previously criticised former Communications Minister Faith Muthambi for refusing to implement the policy and pressing ahead with a system of unencrypted digital terrestrial television.

e.TV says it will not be able to be a sustainable business without a system that uses encryption.

Dlodlo says she’s clear on where she stands and she will follow ANC policy on this and has no plans to change it.

“I’m not going to change the ANC policy unless when we get to the party conference in December. The direction is that that policy must be changed.”

This appears to be a huge about-turn by her ministry after Muthambi refused to listen to the ANC.

The Constitutional Court is still to rule on a case brought by e.TV who criticised the way the decision to go the unencrypted route was made.

(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)