It clearly indicates that the deal between the SABC and MultiChoice was more dodgy than the dodgiest of deals.— William Bird, Media Monitoring Africa
The Democratic Alliance (DA) says it can reveal that minutes of a South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) board meeting show that Naspers-owned MultiChoice sought to pay the public broadcaster R100 million for its 24 hour news channel in exchange for its political influence over digital migration.
The opposition party says that the minutes reveal a clandestine meeting attended by former SABC board members and executives, including Ellen Tshabalala, Hlaudi Motsoeneng and Jimi Matthews.
MultiChoice disputes the allegations, saying it didn’t pay kickbacks.
The DA has taken the case to Icasa to investigate.
Ray White (in for The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield) interviewed Media Monitoring Africa Director William Bird.
Listen to the interview in the audio below (and/or scroll down for more quotes from it).
They’re not allegations… they’re based on solid evidence…— William Bird, Media Monitoring Africa
…something more toxic than a nuclear waste barrel…— William Bird, Media Monitoring Africa
The nature of this deal is something that is going to have deep ramifications.— William Bird, Media Monitoring Africa
Naspers has a new CEO… the SABC has a new board…— William Bird, Media Monitoring Africa
Mr Motsoeneng was given a bonus for this very deal!— William Bird, Media Monitoring Africa
This is the start of a great unravelling.— William Bird, Media Monitoring Africa
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