Save Our SABC Coalition: State capture in SA worse than imagined

Minutes of an SABC board meeting apparently show MultiChoice sought to pay the public broadcaster R100 million for its 24-hour news channel in exchange for its political influence over digital migration.

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JOHANNESBURG - Amid the latest allegations of corruption involving the SABC and MultiChoice, the Save Our SABC Coalition says that state capture in South Africa is worse than imagined.

Minutes of an SABC board meeting apparently show MultiChoice sought to pay the public broadcaster R100 million for its 24-hour news channel in exchange for its political influence over digital migration.

The minutes from the meeting held in June 2013 form part of hundreds of documents provided by the SABC to the ad hoc committee investigating the broadcaster. The documents support allegations that MultiChoice paid Gupta-owned ANN7 millions of rand in exchange for similar influence over government's position on set-top boxes.

The minutes reveal a clandestine meeting attended by former SABC board members and executives, including Ellen Tshabalala, Hlaudi Motsoeneng and Jimi Matthews.

Save our SABC’s Duduetsang Makuse says: “It’s absolutely cartel-like behaviour that we are seeing here. These minutes are simply adding to stories that have been circulating for a long time now, on why the minister kept flip-flopping on policy positions in an irrational manner.”

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)