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Cape Town - The DA has called for an urgent probe into allegations of “blatant flouting of immigration laws by the Gupta-owned Infinity Media, the parent company of the 24-hour news channel Africa News Network 7 (ANN7)”.
Eyewitness News (EWN) reported on Monday that the allegations were first made by Rajesh Sundaram, former consulting editor for the network, who claimed “widespread visa irregularities” when he left the country earlier this month.
“ANN7 management brought in about two dozen production professionals from its Indian shareholder to help get the channel off the ground,” EWN’s Barry Bateman reported.
“Sundaram said his colleagues who joined him from India did not have the required documentation to work in South Africa. He further alleged that pressure was also placed on high commission officials in New Delhi to speed up the visa process.”
Masizole Mnqasela, the DA’s Home Affairs spokesman, told the Cape Argus he had written to the Ministry of Home Affairs asking for urgent answers.
“We have asked if there were any contraventions of the Immigration Act, and trust that this will not be shoved under the table but be dealt with.
“The status of the family doesn’t matter - everyone must be treated equally,” Mnqasela argued.
EWN reported that the network had argued, in its response to the allegations, that all its paperwork had been in order.