Mul­tiChoice has BLSA wor­ried

The Citizen (KZN) - - BUSINESS -

In a state­ment re­leased yes­ter­day, Busi­ness Lead­er­ship South Africa (BLSA) said it’s gravely con­cerned about re­cent me­dia re­ports of al­leged state cap­ture and cor­rup­tion against Mul­tiChoice in its deal­ings with gov­ern­ment and its con­tent sup­pli­ers. Mul­tiChoice is a BLSA mem­ber. It’s been re­ported that Naspers’ sub­sidiary Mul­tiChoice al­legedly tried to in­flu­ence de­ci­sion-mak­ers on the type of tech­nol­ogy that should be de­ployed once SA had com­pleted the move from ana­logue to dig­i­tal TV.

Mul­tiChoice has also ini­ti­ated an inves- tiga­tion into whether im­proper pay­ments were made to ANN7, once owned by the Gupta fam­ily.

“BLSA con­tin­ues to con­demn and take se­ri­ously any be­hav­iour that is un­eth­i­cal and that is en­tirely at odds with the val­ues con­tained in its In­tegrity Pledge.”

The or­gan­i­sa­tion stated that it has ini­ti­ated dis­cus­sions with Mul­tiChoice re­gard­ing the al­le­ga­tions re­ported in the me­dia.

“We be­lieve that due process must be fol­lowed to get to the bot­tom of these al­le­ga­tions. As such, BLSA will await the out­come of Mul­tiChoice’s in­ves­ti­ga­tion be­fore mak­ing fur­ther com­ment.” – Money­web

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