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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