Faith Muthambi. Picture: GCIS/NTSWE MOKOENA
Faith Muthambi. Picture: GCIS/NTSWE MOKOENA

COMMUNICATIONS Minister Faith Muthambi allegedly tried to pressure former Icasa acting chairwoman Vuyo Batyi into approving a bid by the Guptas to launch a free-to-air 24-hour news channel.

When she declined, the minister backtracked on her decision to appoint her as chairwoman of the Independent Communications Authority of SA, insiders claim.

Batyi confirmed this week she was taking legal action against Muthambi for failing to appoint her as chairwoman of Icasa, despite having given her a letter of appointment.

"I am taking the minister to court. She will get the papers when they are ready," Batyi said.

She declined to comment on claims that she had been asked to approve a TV licence for Infinity Media, which is part-owned by the Guptas, as a condition of her appointment.

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