SABC to investigate after claims that historic archive was given to Guptas for ‘peanuts’

JOHANNESBURG- The SABC has started the process of a forensic investigation into the claims that a former ANN7 editor acquired access to the public broadcaster archives.

Rajesh Sundaram, who was brought to South Africa in mid-2013 ahead of the launch of ANN7 by the Guptas, was tasked with giving the channel a running start.

In published book Indentured – Behind the Scenes at Gupta TVĀ earlier this month , deals with the extent of Gupta’s family influence has on the country.

Bongumusa Makhathini SABC chairperson spokesperson said they taking the claims seriously, “The board views this information in a very serious light and has instructed management to conduct a detailed forensic investigation into these revelations and to submit a report to the board,”

He added that the report and other relevant information would be submitted to the commission of inquiry into state capture headed by Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo to be included into their investigations.

The controversial family flagship channel ANN7 contract with Mulitchoice has been not extended and these claims adds more troubles to the channel.

Author Rajesh Sundaram book claims that SABC let ANN7 get historic archive material worth millions for, “peanuts”.

Sundaram claims that Laxim Goel a shareholder at Infinity Media said, “We know the people at the SABC, so we will get the footage at a very low rate.”

Goel added, “The people at the SABC can be bought for a meal or a drink; they are willing to give away their treasure trove of historical footage for peanuts.”

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