The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) says it has referred the Multichoice matter to its Compliance and Consumer Affairs division.
This follows a complaint lodged by the Democratic Alliance last year about MultiChoice paying Gupta-linked TV offering ANN7 millions to allegedly influence the digital migration switch from analogue to digital TV.
Spokesperson for ICASA, Paseka Maleka says the letter sent by the DA has been considered as a formal complaint and that's why the matter has been referred to their Compliance and Consumer affairs for Investigations.
The complaint includes allegations of payments made to the South African Broadcast Corporation (SABC) and ANN7 by MultiChoice.
The process now is that we are going to engage the DA as well as Multichoice and we are going to look at those issues that have been raised.— Paseka Maleka, spokesperson for ICASA
This will be done through a mediation process and if it means we must call both parties to come and explain some of the things we will definitely do that.— Paseka Maleka, spokesperson for ICASA
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This article first appeared on CapeTalk : Icasa to kick-start investigation into SABC and MultiChoice deal