JOHANNESBURG –As immigration officers swooped in ANN7’s Midrand headquarters on Tuesday, owner of the TV station Mzwanele Manyi cried foul, saying he was being persecuted and sabotaged.
Four employees were nabbed for allegedly being in the country without proper documentation. In a day of high drama that’s saw the Guptas, who are former owners of the TV station and The New Age newspaper, subjected to a three frontal assault, a convoy of immigration vehicles arrived at the media house’s premises in Midrand shortly after 11am. This was as they launched another raid targeted at Indian employees they believed were working in the country illegally with expired visas.
Manyi, however, barred the officials from entering the premises, saying “they do no documentation” to show that they had authority to conduct another swoop to fish out Indian employees believed to be working in the country illegally.
“I am being harassed,” protested Manyi.
Later four employees, all Indians, were arrested in the second raid in just two weeks. On February 22, Home Affairs raided the offices searching for employees in senior positions who started working for the company during the Gupta era.
Manyi added: “Right now, I am being persecuted. I don’t even have time to focus on my business. People are coming up with all kinds of things to destroy me.”
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