In written reply to a parliamentary question, Home Affairs Minister Naledi Pandor said her department had received a complaint that eight foreign nationals were employed by ANN7 without proper work permits.
“A preliminary investigation conducted by the department confirmed that eight foreigners were in possession of visitor’s permits and in the country legally. The condition of their permits allowed them to attend business meetings,” Pandor said.
By the time the investigation got underway four of the eight foreigners had already left the country.
The other four were found to have been conducting training for ANN7 employees, even though they were not on the network’s payroll.
“Despite the fact that ANN7 did not consider them to be their employees since they were not remunerated for such an activity, the department found that the four persons have violated the conditions of their permits and were therefore ordered to leave the country.”
The department had later confirmed the remaining four media trainers had left the country.
Pandor said the department “understands that whistle-blowers raise concerns so that those concerns can be addressed”.
“Any person who would like to raise concerns about similar occurrences, is encouraged to call the departmental hotline on 0800-601190 and they can do so anonymously and are also not expected to prove the allegations,” she said.