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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