Published 20 July 2020 by Independent Media

The listening device found at Dr Iqbal Survé’s office. Picture: Supplied

Evidence of espionage against the Sekunjalo Group, Independent Media and Dr Iqbal Survé, has led to criminal charges being laid with the South African Police Services (SAPS) for investigation.

The Sekunjalo Group (Sekunjalo), Independent Media and the chairman of both organisations, Dr Iqbal Survé, have opened a criminal case in connection with the recent discovery of unlawful espionage perpetrated against them.

More than a month ago, Sekunjalo appointed a private security service provider, who discovered that illegal surveillance had been conducted against Dr Survé, his family and senior executives of Independent Media, AYO Technology Solutions (AYO) and African Equity Empowerment Investments (AEEI).

This is the second case in the past month that has been opened. The first case is currently being investigated by law enforcement and involves the presence of an unknown substance planted in Dr Survé’s vehicle. Specific threats to Dr Survé’s life were also noted.

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Published 09 July 2020 by Ayanda Mdluli

This past week, we have learned with dismay how intimidation tactics have been meted out against the executive chairman of Sekunjalo Investment Holdings, Dr Iqbal Survé, and other executives and employees of Sekunjalo-associated companies. File picture: Ayanda Ndamane /African News Agency (ANA)

This past week, we have learned with utter shock and dismay how intimidation tactics reminiscent of the Cold War and pre-democracy in South Africa have been meted out against the executive chairman of Sekunjalo Investment Holdings (Sekunjalo), Dr Iqbal Survé, and other executives and employees of Sekunjalo-associated companies.

The past few days could very well have been taken from the pages of a thriller or a Hollywood blockbuster, as news broke of the bugging of cellular devices belonging to executives of Sekunjalo, Ayo Technology Solutions, AEEI and Independent Media.

Over several articles, my colleagues and I have hypothesised as to why the dirty tricks campaigns have dogged certain publications over the years, all targeting Dr Survé and Independent Media.

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Published 09 July 2020 by Business Report

AYO’s chief executive, Howard Plaatjes, believes the group has a constitutional responsibility to use its asset base to build robust forensic cyber-security defences, to help ensure that digital content can be source verified. Photo: Ian Landsberg/African News Agency (ANA)

CAPE TOWN – A war of words looks very different in the 21st century in a world dominated by agendas and ever more sophisticated technology. In fact, we have reached a point where, very easily, “words” and “images” can start wars.

Technology is also a double-edged sword. It can be used for upliftment and good, or, in the wrong hands, it can be used to spread dissension and division, such as “disinformation” – false or misleading information (misinformation) spread deliberately to deceive.

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Published 07 July 2020 by Sizwe Dlamini

The battle for quality media is a war waged on behalf of all readers and for all citizens of the world, who have a right to access credible, reliable, truthful and quality publications to assist them in making better choices in their daily lives. Photo: African News Agency (ANA) Archives

JOHANNESBURG – The Information and Communication Technology Union (ICTU) on Tuesday expressed its outrage at the unlawful conduct perpetrated against the Sekunjalo Group and called on the country’s authorities to beef up and to fast-track their investigations to uncover and bring to book anyone involved in these acts of intimidation and threats to life and limb.

This after a team of top Western Cape police detectives has been assembled to probe a complaint of intimidation by Executive Chairperson of Sekunjalo Investment Holdings and Independent Media Dr Iqbal Survé, after he received a text message in the early hours of the morning last month alerting him that someone had been sent to tamper with his vehicle.

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Published 06 July 2020 by Georgina Crouth

Loot.co.za was well-positioned to take up the challenge, said Greg le Roux, the retailer's chief executive, because it was able to acclimate rapidly. But logistic and supply issues remain concerns. Photo: Ian Landsberg/African News Agency (ANA)

JOHANNESBURG – If lockdown has shown the world anything, it’s how suddenly everything can shift on a government decree.

It exposed how vulnerable humans are to a virus; how a pandemic can wreak havoc on global markets, brought constraints in supply chains and logistics into stark relief, highlighted our socio-economic divides – and signalled the end of the line for many traditional brick-and-mortar stores.

Loot.co.za was well-positioned to take up the challenge, said Greg le Roux, the retailer’s chief executive, because it was able to acclimate rapidly. But logistic and supply issues remain concerns.

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Published 06 July 2020 by Dr Iqbal Survé

Relatives hug through a ‘hug curtain’ at a nursing home in Sao Paulo. The long-term effects of limited human contact could hasten the merging of humans and machines, to our detriment, yet there are also advantages to a more tech-driven world, says Dr Iqbal Survé. Picture: EPA

Cape Town – History, a record of past events good and bad, is peppered with seminal moments of human advancement – think when man first invented fire, the wheel, the telephone, train, machines to enhance manufacture, space travel, the personal computer, mobile phone and Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP). The spoken word, to written, and now to voice activated communication and so on.

Each advancement compelled an adaptation of human behaviour. However, it is the current technological revolution, coupled with the global war against Covid-19, that can reasonably be said as driving the most dramatic reformation of human beings, at present. Whether this is a plus or a negative is yet to be decided – the outcome being firmly in the hands of each one of us.

Where once we took something as mundane as hugging and the public, physical display of affection for granted, we have been told to adhere to social distancing.

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Published 06 July 2020 by Siyavuya Mzantsi and Aziz Hartley

The listening device found at Dr Iqbal Survé’s office. Picture: Supplied

Executives of companies in the Sekunjalo Investment Holdings group have expressed their shock and outrage following the discovery their phones had been tapped.

Also tapped were the phones of some of Sekunjalo executive chairperson Dr Iqbal Survé’s family members. Charles Abrahams, a Cape Town lawyer rendering services to the group which includes companies such as AYO Technology Solutions, Independent Media and African Equity Empowerment Investments Limited, also suspects his phone has been illegally intercepted.

At the same time, a listening device was discovered in Survé’s office. AYO chief executive Howard Plaatjes said he had suspected that something was amiss after some of his calls started to sound scratchy, fell silent or began echoing.

Survé said the company would pursue criminal charges against those behind the interceptions. “I know that the media space is highly contested not just in our country but in the world, but the extent to which these people have gone to undermine, shut down, destroy Independent Media, the Sekunjalo group and myself is truly disgraceful.

“It is against all tenets of democracy, our Constitution and so sad that more than 25 years after our democracy, we should be dealing with these issues. I had thought all of this was behind me when one had to live under constant surveillance by the security police during apartheid,” he said.

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Published 02 July 2020 by Georgina Crouth

Valentine Dzvova was promoted to the hot seat of listed African Equity Empowerment Investments weeks before the Covid-19 lockdown. Photo: Ian Landsberg/African News Agency (ANA)

CAPE TOWN – Drawing strength from her mother, a resourceful professional who defied the patriarchal norms of her culture and time, Valentine Dzvova was promoted to the hot seat of a listed company weeks before the Covid-19 lockdown.

At a time of heightened fear and anxiety, when revenues were tanking everywhere, markets were shutting and the world became islands, Dzvova became the acting chief executive of African Equity Empowerment Investments Limited (AEEI), transitioning from bean counter to driving strategy in March.

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Published 02 July 2020 by Samkelo Mtshali and Siyabonga Mkhwanazi

Executive Chairperson of Sekunjalo Investment Holdings and Independent Media, Dr Iqbal Survé. Picture: Karen Sandison/African News Agency(ANA)

Cape Town – The Umkhonto we Sizwe Military Veterans Association (MKMVA) has added its voice to condemn the attacks on the executive chairperson of Sekunjalo Investment Holdings and Independent Media, Dr Iqbal Survé.

The association called for the swift arrest of those behind the attacks.

The PAC, BLF and Insika Economic Movement also called on law enforcement to act against the attacks, intimidation and threats on Dr Survé’s life.

In a statement on Thursday, MKMVA said the nature of the attacks on Dr Survé, which included a text message informing him that his vehicle’s brakes had been tampered with, were disconcerting.

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Published 01 July 2020 by Sifiso Mahlangu, Samkelo Mtshali and Siyabonga Mkhwanazi

Secretary-general of the ANC Ace Magashule. Picture: Simphiwe Mbokazi/African News Agency/ANA

Johannesburg – The ANC has called for those behind an attack on Dr Iqbal Survé, the Executive Chairperson of Sekunjalo Investment Holdings and Independent Media, be brought to book.

Speaking to the media at the post-NEC briefing at Luthuli House on Wednesday ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule said the attack on  Survé was uncalled for and required law enforcement agencies to act swifty.

“This is uncalled for. The perpetrators must be brought to book. We are saying to South Africans this is the time to unite and build a South Africa for all,” said Magashule.

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