- The former editor of Gupta-owned news channel ANN7 says that Jacob Zuma intervene to expedite the visa applications of several Indian employees
The editor, Rajesh Sundarama, maintains that Zuma played a direct role in creating ANN7
- He also says Zuma helped these employees fraudulently acquire jobs at the channel
Former president Jacob Zuma helped Indian nationals employed by Gupta-owned news network ANN7 to have their visa applications expedited.
These are the claims made Rajesh Sundaram, ANN7's former editor.
Sundaram is currently testifying before the Zondo Commission.
Sundaram says that the visa application process for these employees was processed very quickly. He says these employees were able to "bypass the normal procedure", thanks to intervention from the president's office.
He says that Zuma would direct "relevant departments" to process the applications much more quickly than usual.
This is one of several claims Sundaram has made concerning Zuma and ANN7. Indeed, he alleges that Zuma was directly involved in the creation of the channel, according to Eyewitness News.
He expands upon these claims in a new book he has written.
Additionally, Sundaram says that various Indian nationals were fraudulently provided with jobs at the news network.
Before it closed down, ANN7 was accused repeatedly of publishing pro-Zuma propaganda and other content friendly to the president. For example, in 2017 the channel published several stories that appeared to be aimed at then-Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan.
However, these stories often lacked evidence or included incorrect evidence. In some cases, ANN7 was accused of fabricating information, Briefly.co.za has gathered.
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