When you walk through the exhibition hall on the way to the Progressive Business Forum at the African National Congress (ANC’s) national conference, you can’t miss the double-storey MultiChoice stand with its colourful multimedia displays.
Despite being implicated in the Gupta Leaks, the video entertainment and internet company isn’t keeping a low profile about its sponsorship at the ANC conference.
MultiChoice sponsored Friday night’s gala dinner and Monday morning’s Progressive Business Forum breakfast, where Small Business Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu addressed guests.
MultiChoice SA CEO Calvo Mawela, who was appointed in November, would not be drawn into commenting on an internal probe being conducted after it emerged in the Gupta Leaks that the company paid then Gupta-owned TV channel ANN7 millions, allegedly to influence South Africa’s long-stalled digital migration switch from analogue to digital TV.
MultiChoice in a previous statement said that it instructed its audit and risk committees to assess whether there were any corporate governance failures in the ANN7 deal, and report back to its board. “Based on what is contained in that report, the MultiChoice board will take the necessary action,” it said in early November.
“Corruption is corruption, everybody needs to steer away from corruption and there are law enforcement agencies that have to deal with corruption and it should be discouraged at all levels, big business, government, everywhere,” he told Fin24.
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