Former Gupta-owned ANN7 news editor Rajesh Sundaram took the stand at the Zondo Commission of Inquiry into State Capture on Monday.
Sundaram told the commission of how former president Jacob Zuma played a significant role in the establishment of ANN7 and even laid down editorial policy for the channel.
Bongani Bingwa chats to former ANN7 and now EWN reporter Clement Manyathela to dissect the inquiry and relay his own experiences at the channel.
Mr Sundaram spoke about how the former president was involved in the day-to-day of the channel and how editorial meetings would often be hijacked, and you would be told not to go to a particular briefing.— Clement Manyathela, Reporter - EWN
Manyathela says, as a journalist who worked for ANN7, there were many instances where there was editorial interference.
One particular thing I remember where I could see that interference and it frustrated me to the point where I couldn't stay any longer, was when the former deputy finance minister, Mcebisi Jonas released that explosive statement saying that the Guptas had offered him a minister of finance position.— Clement Manyathela, Reporter - EWN
He says despite this being the big story of the week, the staff was told it not allowed to run it.
We were told that we would not run the story because the Guptas say it is a lie and for me, that is when I felt the interference.— Clement Manyathela, Reporter - EWN
Manyathela adds that the Guptas would come to the office, and their visit would be a huge spectacle.
What was shocking for me was to see colleagues bowing before the Guptas and touch their feet. People believed that for them to show loyalty to the Guptas they had to bend and touch their feet.— Clement Manyathela, Reporter - EWN
Listen below to the full interview: