Streaming issues? Report here
Kieno Kammies 2019 1500 BW
Today with Kieno Kammies
09:00 - 12:00
volume_up
volume_mute

Up Next: The Xolani Gwala Show
See full line-up
Today with Kieno Kammies
09:00 - 12:00
Home
arrow_forward
Business
arrow_forward
Politics

I see nothing criminal - Koos Bekker on SABC-MultiChoice deal

1 December 2017 6:50 PM
Tags:
SABC
Digital migration
Multichoice
Naspers
Encryption
Koos Bekker
set top boxes
Naspers chair Koos Bekker speaks out amid allegations MultiChoice paid kickbacks to SABC to influence govt's encryption policy.

Naspers chairperson Koos Bekker has denied any impropriety in the negotiation of contracts between Naspers subsidiary, MultiChoice, and the SABC.

It's alleged that MultiChoice sought to pay the SABC R100 million for its 24 hour news channel, in exchange for its political influence over digital migration.

The allegations come after a copy of minutes of a meeting held between MultiChoice and the SABC in 2013 surfaced.

Read: SABC is captured by MultiChoice and Guptas: Mantshantsha

Former communications minister Yunus Carrim has also claimed that Bekker was vehemently against encryption.

There have been calls to probe payments MultiChoice made to both the SABC and formerly Gupta-owned ANN7.

Bekker says dropping ANN7's channel from MultiChoice does not serve democracy, particularly ahead of the ANC's elective conference this month.

He claims South Africans are projecting their concerns over corruption onto the pay TV giant.

The concerns are real... We were slow to respond.

Koos Bekker, Naspers chairperson

We have subsidiaries all over the world. We have to be careful not to override the boards.

Koos Bekker, Naspers chairperson

Also read: Should you buy Naspers shares? They’re making many people very rich…

They [citizens] can't get to the Guptas.. but they have MultiChoice at hand.

Koos Bekker, Naspers chairperson

[Citizens] are maximising the pain and discomfort for MultiChoice, embarrassing them and baiting them like a bear.

Koos Bekker, Naspers chairperson

You cannot fault MultiChoice for signing the [ANN7] contract.

Koos Bekker, Naspers chairperson

There's absolutely nothing illegal or improper about the whole thing.

Koos Bekker, Naspers chairperson

I have see nothing that's criminal.

Koos Bekker, Naspers chairperson

Listen to Koos Bekker respond to the MultiChoice scandal:

Subscribe to our Business Wrap Newsletter


1 December 2017 6:50 PM
Tags:
SABC
Digital migration
Multichoice
Naspers
Encryption
Koos Bekker
set top boxes

More from Business

191021balekajpg

'Mbete faced difficult questions. She has done a lot in terms of responding'

22 October 2019 11:00 AM

Xolani Xala (SA Business Abroad) defends his defence of ANC stalwart Baleka Mbete’s "car crash" interview on Al Jazeera.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

160207Kulula.jpg

Aviation Authority mum on core reasons for grounding SAA, Comair - Guy Leitch

22 October 2019 10:54 AM

Flights were grounded after a recent audit of the maintenance and technical service provider to Comair and SAA.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

online-offline-shopping-youtube-screengrabjpg

SA consumers do not trust online retailers, study shows

22 October 2019 10:41 AM

Accenture MD Jonathan McCabe says there is opportunity to integrate eCommerce with the more traditional business.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

Discovery, Sandton

Why Vestact is buying Discovery (JSE), Long4Life (JSE) and Booking.com

22 October 2019 8:31 AM

Portfolio Manager Byron Lotter shares his stock picks of the week with Bruce Whitfield on The Money Show.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

telephone call centre.jpg

Does the answer to SA's job crisis lie in the country's call centre industry?

21 October 2019 5:14 PM

Ian Ohlson says the call center industry in South Africa is flourishing and has become an engine for job growth and opportunity.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

radio-micjpg

Why more than 40 community radio stations in SA may get shut down

21 October 2019 4:39 PM

The forum for community radio stations in South Africa explains why 43 community radio stations across South Africa face closure.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

meetings-memejpeg

Meetings, meetings, meetings? When a meeting should really just be an email

21 October 2019 7:35 AM

Clinical psychologist and organisational development specialist, Lauren Davis explains what meetings should be used for.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

191018gwedegif

Analyst Chris Yelland gives Mantashe's energy plan a thumbs up

18 October 2019 4:54 PM

Government's new energy plan has been announced as the country deals with load shedding caused by Eskom's low generating capacity.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

160525HoutBayImizamoYethu.jpg

Meet Johnny Miller, the man using drone photography to change peoples' views

18 October 2019 2:46 PM

Photographer Johnny Miller discusses the impact of his moving work and how he captures his eye-opening images.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

171127natasha-mazzonejpg

'It turns out DA MP Natasha Mazzone was right about load shedding'

18 October 2019 1:34 PM

Last month, Eskom shut down claims by the Democratic Alliance that load shedding was on the cards.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

More from Politics

191021balekajpg

'Mbete faced difficult questions. She has done a lot in terms of responding'

22 October 2019 11:00 AM

Xolani Xala (SA Business Abroad) defends his defence of ANC stalwart Baleka Mbete’s "car crash" interview on Al Jazeera.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

screengrab-from-video-courtesy-eliane-jabbourpng

[WATCH] Lebanese protestors sing 'Baby Shark' to comfort frightened baby

22 October 2019 10:14 AM

It was a lighter moment after protests began last week against proposed new taxes and in favour of land reforms.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

Herman Mashaba

Mashaba's exit shows serious racial divide within the DA - Prof Steven Friedman

21 October 2019 4:11 PM

Political studies expert Professor Steven Friedman gives his analysis of the recent developments within the Democratic Alliance

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

Herman Mashaba

DA thanks Herman Mashaba for his 'outstanding' work in JHB

21 October 2019 1:46 PM

Mashaba tendered his resignation saying the DA no longer represents a movement that can save the country.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

Herman Mashaba

Mashaba: DA is no longer a movement that can save South Africa

21 October 2019 12:50 PM

Herman Mashaba announced that he will be resigning from the DA and subsequently as Joburg mayor, effective at the end of November.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

mashaba-herman-da-joburg-mayorjpg

Joburg mayor Herman Mashaba calls it quits

21 October 2019 10:37 AM

Herman Mashaba's resignation comes after the announcement of Helen Zille as the DA's new federal council chair this past weekend.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

191020mmusi

Zille: My mistake was was trying to convince ANC that we are not a white party.

21 October 2019 9:11 AM

Newly elected Democratic Alliance FedEx chair Helen Zille says she will continue to help grow the party in her new post.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

da-leadersjpg

Election of Helen Zille will not solve DA problems, says analyst

21 October 2019 8:42 AM

Political analyst Daniel Silke gives an analysis of the Democratic Alliance council outcomes from the weekend.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

da-leadersjpg

'I'm not going to be the leader' - Zille after winning DA FedCo chair contest

20 October 2019 2:20 PM

Former party leader Helen Zille beat out fellow-main contender Athol Trollip for the top spot.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

Mozambique elections

Mozambique elections: Don't call for rushed results says analyst

19 October 2019 3:14 PM

Adv. Sipho Mantula reflects on the history between civil war enemies Frelimo and Renamo, who faced off in Tuesday's ballot.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward