State-capture inquiry must probe broadcast deals
If Communications Minister Nomvula Mokonyane does not rescind Muthambi’s corrupt policy amendment on encryption, she can be accused of aiding and abetting a corrupt act
The chairman of the judicial commission of inquiry into state capture, Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo, has said he hopes the probe will help the nation understand the depth of state capture, how it occurred, who was involved and what should be done to ensure SA never gets into that situation again. The Zuptas’ attempt to control SA’s electronic broadcast news can be described as a conspiracy of dunces. When negotiating the terms for MultiChoice to pay for and carry the SABC’s 24-hour news channel on the DStv platform, MultiChoice Group CEO Imtiaz Patel insisted on adding a clause stating that the SABC would not support the encryption of set-top boxes as a matter of public policy. Evidence of a corrupt act was made visible after the minutes of the meeting attended by Patel and the SABC board were made public. No doubt the state capture commission will be interested to hear from Patel and the board why a clause on encryption was included in an agreement on TV channels. The Zupta s...