- The former ANN7 editor says that the SABC sold the Gupta-owned channel valuable archival footage
- He says this was facilitated by Jacob Zuma
- Additionally, the footage was sold for far less than it was worth
Rajesh Sundaram, the former editor of Gupta-owned news channel, ANN7, says that the Guptas bought archival footage from the SABC for far less than it was worth.
Sundaram claims that the family used their relationship with former president Jacob Zuma to get their hands on the material.
He said the footage was worth millions but that the Guptas purchased it for significantly less.
Sundaram made these allegations while testifying before the Zondo Commission.
Previously, he had told the Commission that Zuma had played a role in running ANN7, which has been accused several times of running pro-Zuma material.
Sundaram says that the SABC sold the footage to the Guptas as a "favour" facilitated by Zuma, according to Eyewitness News. He says they paid a "throwaway price" for the valuable footage.
Additionally, Sundaram pointed out the dubious nature of the deal. For example, he questioned why a broadcaster like the SABC would sell some of its most valuable footage to a competitor such as ANN7.
Last year the SABC launched an investigation into the sale of this footage, Briefly.co.za has gathered. Since then ANN7 has shut up shop, but claims like Sundaram's suggest that the impact of Zuma and the Guptas will still be with the country for some time.
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