State Capture: Hlaudi says MultiChoice CEO told him he is ‘mad’

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State Capture: Hlaudi says MultiChoice CEO told him he is ‘mad’

Expert describes how the company outmaneouvred Motsoeneng, crushing digital migration in the process

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Hlaudi Motsoeneng has boasted about securing a multimillion-rand deal between SABC and pay-TV giant MultiChoice, but an expert believes this same contract stifled the country’s hopes of completing a digital migration to Digital Terrestrial Television.

SA’s plans to migrate to DTT formed the focus of the state capture inquiry on Thursday, with testimonies from both Motsoeneng, who was the SABC’s chief operations officer, and broadcasting digital migration expert Lawrence Kruger. 

While Motsoeneng bragged about how he strong-armed MultiChoice into paying the SABC more than half a billion rand to host two channels belonging to the public broadcaster on DStv, Kruger believes it was MultiChoice who came out tops...

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