Johannesburg - Former ANN7 editor Rajesh Sundaram has revealed details of how the controversial Gupta family conned the SABC into giving the channel archival footage worth billions of dollars.
Sundaram, who was the now defunct 24-hour news channel’s founding editor, told the commission of inquiry into state capture that the public broadcaster was charging R2 000 per second for the footage.
"SABC officials knew that the Guptas were close to the (former) president (Jacob Zuma),” he said.
According to Sundaram, the archival footage was worth billions of dollars but its true value would have to be determined by accountants and other professionals.
He told the commission chaired by Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo that ANN7 had conned the SABC into stating that the Gupta channel would tell the public broadcaster how much it had used every month.