Pretoria - Major allegations had been raised about businessman Dr Iqbal Survé tampering with the editorial operations of his media company and the impact of this on the PIC investment, Emmanuel Lediga, an assistant to the commissioner Justice Lex Mpati, told the Mpati Commission of Inquiry into allegations of impropriety at the PIC in Pretoria.
Survé, who is Executive Chairman of Sekunjalo Group and a shareholder in companies including AEEI (African Equity Empowerment Investments), AYO Technology Solutions and Independent Media, is testifying before the PIC Inquiry.
“I can only speak to the facts. The facts are I can give you copies of letters I have written to all the editors in terms of how and what we do. The principles are to be accurate, tell both sides of the story, don’t take sides and be truthful. That is in writing and in contracts.
“Especially during election time I go to great lengths to do this. It is precisely because I don’t take sides, especially in ANC factional battles that I have come under attack. People want me to take sides, they want Independent Media to take sides and I make the point repeatedly to tell them that I don’t do the news.
“The day we no longer have objectivity, the business is gone. I emphasised to my colleagues that we should not be tempted into factional battles. Let the Sunday Times, Daily Maverick and Business Day do that if they want. I said to my colleagues you must remain true to the facts. It is not a policy that has made me popular.”