Communications Minister Mamaloko Kubayi-Ngubane says her department cannot fold its arms amid allegations of corruption aimed at ANN7 and Multichoice and has engaged both parties.
The Gupta leaks revealed how a questionable payment of R25 million was paid to the Gupta-linked channel.
It’s also claimed that a 2015 document shows that MultiChoice more than tripled its annual payment to ANN7 to R141 million after Faith Muthambi pushed through legislation that benefited MultiChoice.
Kubayi-Ngubane says both ANN7 and Multichoice have denied the allegations.
These are contracts of two parties, I can't get involved there unless we are saying there are corrupt activities, as the department of communications it is not our space. There are departments that are responsible to deal with issues around allegations of corruption. Surely we will not fold our arms, but the law and investigations must happen so that here is clarity.— Mamaloko Kubayi-Ngubane, Communications Minister
The parties have gone out, both Multichoice and ANN7, they have gone on to deny the allegations. I have engaged them individually to ask for myself if there are valid issues that we should be worried about from a point of broadcasting policy because I cannot get into issues of the criminal justice system.— Mamaloko Kubayi-Ngubane, Communications Minister
She says it has become difficult to deal with speculation and has called on anyone with proof to come forward with information.
What I have to work on from my side is what is before me.— Mamaloko Kubayi-Ngubane, Communications Minister
Meanwhile Africa Media Monitoring's William Bird says former Minister Faith Muthambi should be held accountable.
She was belligerent, she didn't answer to Luthuli House when she was called, she had repeated failures and what that does is allow those with very clear vested interests to then enable these things.— William Bird, Media Monitoring Africa Director
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