Multichoice says it will fully cooperate with the Special Investigations Unit following allegations of payments made to the SABC and the Gupta-linked ANN7 channel.
The Independent Communications Authority (ICASA) has confirmed that it will conduct an investigation into Multichoice.
This follows a complaint which was lodged by the DA in November.
It’s emerged that Multichoice made the payment, allegedly in exchange for political influence over government policy on digital migration in its favour.
Multichoice CEO Calvo Mawela says, “Multichoice’s agreement with SABC has also been questioned. It should be noted that the Multichoice contract with the SABC did not form part of the brief given to the committee. However, parliament has referred the issue of the SABC to the Special Investigations Unit and Mulitichoice is fully cooperating with the SIU in this regard.”
Multichoice says ANN7 will be taken off the DStv bouquet when the contract expires in August 2018.
Mawela, says they made mistakes regarding ANN7 but there was no corruption.
He says Multichoice is seeking to host a new black-owned news channel.
Listen to Multichoice CEO Calvo Mawela on their decision to dump ANN7 from DSTV (audio courtesy of ENCA) :