Johannesburg - Former ANN7 editor Rajesh Sundaram has detailed how the Gupta family and their associates bypassed normal procedures with the help of former President Jacob Zuma’s office when they secured visas for him and his colleagues who were brought into the country to set up the television channel in 2013.
On Monday morning, Sundaram took the stand at the Zondo commission of inquiry into state capture where he started off by detailing his recruitment as the consulting editor for the now defunct ANN7, which was officially known as Infinity Media Nertworks.
Sundaram, an Indian national, said he was surprised when his visa application was quickly expedited in a matter of a day.
He said following his decision to take up the position to head ANN7, after being approached by one Laxmi Goel who was a shareholder in the company, he had decided to do internet research in preparation for doing a visa application, as he would have to soon move to South Africa.
He said he had learn through his research that a position had to be advertised in South Africa if there was no suitable person who could fill it and that he would have to have a work permit in order to secure the job.