JSE-listed financial services group Ecsponent has acquired 49% of a digital media group owned by Shaka Sisulu, the grandson of Walter and Alber-tina Sisulu, whose reputation was dented in 2017 after he was named as a key figure in the ANC "war room" fiasco. In addition to its acquisition of a minority stake in Truth Digital Group, Ecsponent has sold its Return on Innovation Africa (ROi) business to Sisulu’s iKGB Media Information Service for R7.3m, in a separate transaction. ROi will merge with iKGB. In 2017 Sisulu, who ultimately won a R3m defamation case linked to the "war room" debacle, was named as the man behind an alleged covert campaign to promote the ANC and discredit opposition parties in the run-up to the local government elections in August 2016.

Sisulu told Business Day that ROi’s reputation-scoring offering, which measures the effect of media coverage on a firm’s reputation, "is particularly dear to me because my own reputation suffered significant damage through ...

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