Digital encryption: "My responsibility is the implementation of ANC policy"

Communications Minister Ayanda Dlodlo talks to Stephen Grootes about the Constitutional Court on Thursday that government did not behave unconstitutionally when it decided that it would implement a policy of unencrypted digital terrestrial television.

The good thing about this ruling is ultimately what it says is that the executive in Cabinet has the power to change decisions or move to achieve its objectives.

Ayanda Dlodlo, Communications Minister

Dlodlo emphasises that the "Chief Justice cautioned that our democracy is a constitutional democracy and it is not necessarily based on the judiciary to determine a course of action on any government decision."

Read: No clarity if Muthambi can go ahead with digital encryption

It's a very good judgment in my view because it says government has the right, has the authority, to take decisions as and when it deems fit.

Ayanda Dlodlo, Communications Minister

The ruling provided Minister Dlodlo with the option to either follow previous communications minister, Faith Muthambe's plan not to implement encryption - or to now follow ANC policy to follow the encryption route.

What will she do?

My responsibility is the implementation of ANC policy, as the governing party.

Ayanda Dlodlo, Communications Minister

She says current policy is very clear, and she has a December 2018 deadline.

I need to put my shoulder to the wheel and get this process underway.

Ayanda Dlodlo, Communications Minister

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