DA, EFF go after MultiChoice over R25 million ANN7 deal
JOHANNESBURG - Following the latest revelations in the #Guptaleaks emails around questionable payments made by MultiChoice to ANN7, the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) and the Democratic Alliance (DA) have called for an official inquiry.
The DA on Sunday called on MultiChoice to publicly release the full details of the contract it entered into with Gupta-linked news network, ANN7. The party insists that all records prior to contract negotiations should also be made public.
The DA says it will take the matter up with Independent Communications Authority of South Africa should MultiChoice not publish the information within 48 hours.
In a statement, the DA’s Phumzile van Damme said: “We are doing this following media reports emanating from the Gupta leaks of the payments, which were allegedly made to MultiChoice as well as the involvement of former Communications Minister Faith Muthambi.
"If there is indeed nothing untoward about the nature of its dealings with the Gupta family, Multichoice will have no issue publishing the requested documents for public scrutiny," van Damme said.
The Economic Freedom Fighters announced that they will be reporting MultiChoice to the Competition Commission, in order for it to investigate how the company influenced policy on set-top boxes in favour of their market domination and the involvement of Muthambi.
The EFF also called on Parliament to hold an inquiry into the Gupta influence over the Minister of Communications. "In this enquiry, companies like Multichoice must be held accountable publicly for their criminal activities in the sector, suppressing competition in favour of their domination," the EFF said.
- BUSINESS REPORT ONLINE