Dlodlo: I will follow ANC policies on digital terrestrial TV

On Thursday, the court ruled against e.tv's application to overturn a decision by former communications minister Faith Muthambi to implement an unencrypted system.

FILE: Ayanda Dlodlo. Picture: GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG - Communications Minister Ayanda Dlodlo has confirmed that she will follow the African National Congress’ policies on digital terrestrial television and that the party has decided to follow a policy of using encrypted signals.

On Thursday, the Constitutional Court ruled against e.tv's application to overturn a decision by former communications minister Faith Muthambi to implement an unencrypted system after Muthambi had defied the ANC.

e.tv has said it needs to use an encrypted system, otherwise, it will not be able to properly compete.

Dlodlo now appears to be in a situation where the ANC has said government must implement an encrypted system. But the Constitutional Court has said that Faith Muthambi’s policy of using an unencrypted system is also legally allowable.

Dlodlo says she knows what she’s going to do.

“I have views which are aligned with the views of the ANC with regards to whether to encrypt or not to encrypt. And it is not about minister Muthanbi more than it is to me about the qualities of the ANC and their implementation.”

Dlodlo also says she wants to implement the roll-out of digital terrestrial television quickly because South Africa has already fallen behind United Nations’ deadlines and because current television signals are using spectrum that can be used for high-speed wireless internet.

(Edited by Zinhle Nkosi)