The Gupta’s story isn’t over yet. DA national spokesperson and the shadow minister of communication, Phumzile van Damme said SABC tripled it’s financial support of Gupta Media.
Van Damme wailed that the gross extent of state capture by the Gupta’s is robbing SA’s economy the power of alleviating poverty and unemployment in the country.
Based on a reply to her party’s parliamentary question, Van Damme divulged that SABC has spent close to a million on subscriptions to the Gupta media – The New Age (TNA).
“In response to a question about whether the Department of Communications and its entities were doing business with Gupta-owned companies, the Minister of Communications, Faith Muthambi revealed that the SABC had concluded contracts with The New Age Media for newspaper subscriptions at a cost of R733, 930 since May 2014 to date.
This amounts to a tripling in the SABC’s financial support of TNA from R238 356,52 in 2011,” Van Damme stated.
With that, she disclosed that she “will be urging the Minister of Communications, Faith Muthambi, to instruct the SABC COO, Hlaudi Motsoeneng, to withdraw any active subscriptions with TNA.”
To her, “it is deplorable that the SABC has completely disregarded the Finance Minister’s calls for austerity in order to financially anchor a newspaper with paltry readership, owned by the friends of President Zuma.”
“The SABC’s funds”, she said “should be focused on growing the national broadcasters capacity and providing viewers with quality programming and not endless repeats.
We will continue to fight to hold those responsible for wasteful spending at the SABC accountable. The people of South Africa need a national broadcaster that does not only serve the ANC cabal but all communities in our country,” Van Damme asserted.