Former communications minister and MP Yunus Carrim is adamant that Naspers chairperson Koos Bekker had a hand in swaying government's policy on digital migration.
Carrim says Bekker has been dishonest about the nature of the deal between Naspers subsidiary, MultiChoice, and the SABC.
However, Bekker maintains that there was nothing untoward in the contract between MultiChoice and the SABC.
Carrim says there was clause in the contract that was created to influence government policy through the public broadcaster.
He has questioned the ethics of the contract involving the pay TV giant.
He says Naspers and MultiChoice are examples of white monopoly capital that must account for its unethical behaviour.
Given what MultiChoice and Naspers are saying in the public domain is just not true, I have no choice but to speak out.— Yunus Carrim, Former communications minister and Chairman of Parliament’s finance committee
I have absolutely no doubt that both Naspers - Mr Bekker in particular - and MultiChoice had a big hand in changing government policy and ANC policy to dropping encryption.— Yunus Carrim, Chairman of Parliament’s finance committee
His [Koos Bekkers] aim was to get government and the ANC to change our view.— Yunus Carrim, Chairman of Parliament’s finance committee
Carrim says the pay TV sector needs to be transformed and has called for corporate accountability.
Listen to Yunus Carrim come out guns blazing over the SABC-MultiChoice saga:
This article first appeared on CapeTalk : Yunus Carrim: Naspers, Koos Bekker being untruthful about SABC-MultiChoice deal