The SABC is trying to quell rumours that it has disguised an internet café in Qunu in the Eastern Cape as a community project, in order to later make millions of rands from the death of former president Nelson Mandela. by Sanri van Wyk
According to media reports, the SABC established an internet café at a cost of about R400 000 in Qunu – Madiba’s home town in the Eastern Cape.
Furthermore, these reports say the SABC is planning to turn the internet café into a hub for foreign media, and thus generate millions of rands.
They also indicate that the SABC has paid Madiba’s grandson, Mandla Mandela, R3m for the exclusive broadcast rights to his grandfather’s funeral.
Mandla is chief of the Mvezo settlement which borders on Qunu.
R700m spent on ‘Project M’
The public broadcaster has apparently already spent about R700m on the so-called “Project M”.
This comes as the public broadcaster is expecting a loss of about R800m for the financial year which ended in March.
SABC spokesperson Kaizer Kganyago vehemently denied the possible existence of a “Project M”. According to him, the SABC regularly identifies “stories” about important political role-players, “stories” in which they invest money.
Kganyago says the internet café is merely a community project which was established because the SABC wanted to help the people of Qunu by providing them with internet access.
It was established and opened in 2007. “There is no Project M. We don’t know when Madiba is going to die.”