BLSA concerned over Multichoice allegations

The Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA) said on Thursday that it has initiated discussions,Picture: Getty Images

The Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA) said on Thursday that it has initiated discussions with Multichoice regarding the corruption allegations that are being reported in the media against it.

“Consistent with the Integrity pledge that our members have committed to, BLSA remains unwavering in its commitment to the highest ethical and lawful standards. To this end, BLSA will take the necessary decisions based on the outcome of the investigation,” BLSA CEO, Bonang Mohale said.

This comes after the DA’s revealed last week the SABC’s board minutes suggesting that Multichoice sought to pay the SABC R100 million for its 24-hour news channel in exchange for the public broadcaster’s political influence over digital migration. 

This has also led to MP’s calling for an investigation into these allegations.

“This matter needs to be properly investigated. And I’ve heard that even parliamentary committees have been called into action on this matter,” ANC MP, Jackson Mthembu said.

The current SABC Board has distanced itself from the alleged unlawful behaviour and reiterated its commitment to independence from both political and commercial interests.

Meanwhile Multichoice has denied that there were kickbacks paid.

However, an investigation has since been initiated into the matter.

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,” BLSA said.

-TNA Reporter