COMMUNICATIONS Minister Mamaloko Kubayi yesterday called for a meeting with former minister Yunus Carrim over his claim to have been pressured by Naspers boss Koos Bekker to drop government policy on encryption. Speaking on the sidelines of a Cabinet media briefing in Pretoria, Kubayi said Carrim’s allegations were a cause for concern and called for an urgent meeting with him to get to the bottom of the matter.
“It would be concerning if there is something like that. But as I said during the week, I still have to have a conversation with the former minister because he hasn’t come to me to say anything,” Kubayi said. “There’s a lot of things that we have to look at in the government space and in business.”
“The important issue is have you been persuaded or did you take a decision irrationally, that’s the question that I am to ask the former minister. “In that engagement that you had, what was the basis of the engagement, what was the basis of pushing for that,” Kubayi said. Kubayi declined to be drawn on allegations that MultiChoice had paid ANN7 a R25m advance in a bid to influence the government’s decision on encryption.
“Matters between ANN7, MultiChoice remain, from where I am sitting, are a private contract between the two parties. “If they are not happy between themselves, they will sort it out. From where I am sitting there are other issues that we have to deal with,” she said. Kubayi said the government was happy with the nation’s economic growth in the last quarter of the year.
“Cabinet is pleased with South Africa’s economic growth which grew by an annualised 2% in the third quarter of 2017, from an upwardly revised 2.8% in the second quarter. “The stronger-than-expected performance was mainly due to continued strong growth in the agriculture sector, which contributed 0.9 percentage points to overall growth on the back of 44.2% quarter-on-quarter growth.”
She also conveyed cabinet’s condemnations of the Libyan slave market. “Cabinet joins the international community in condemning the reports of auctioning of African migrants in Libya as slaves. “Such inhumane acts go against the ideals of the AU and relevant African and international instruments, including the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights,” she said.