Executives of the Independent Communications Authority of SA (Icasa) told Parliament on Wednesday that it was still considering how to proceed with a possible investigation into MultiChoice. In November, the DA approached the regulator requesting that it conduct an inquiry into payments made by MultiChoice to the SABC and Gupta-linked ANN7, allegedly in exchange for political influence over government policy on digital migration, in the pay-TV operator’s favour. Allegations, including a copy of minutes of a meeting held between MultiChoice and SABC executives in 2013, emerged in 2017, suggesting that the pay-TV operator would proceed with its multimillion-rand deal to include the SABC 24-hour news channel in the DStv bouquet, only if the government supported nonencryption of set-top boxes. Former communications minister Faith Muthambi was implicated in the matter as she pushed through nonencryption, despite standing ANC policy at the time. Set-top boxes are needed to decode the digi...

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