South African Leaders Accused of Using Banks to Shut Out and Silence Opposing Voices in Independent Media Group

President Matamela Cyril Ramaphosa has served as the fifth democratically elected president of South Africa and president of the African National Congress (ANC) political party since 2017.

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Pravin Gordham is the current Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs in South Africa.

According to a new report, these two officials are silencing the Independent Media Group in South Africa by pushing the Standard Bank to close their accounts. The Independent Media Group South Africa is one of South Africa’s leading multi-platform content companies.

Iqbal Surve from the Independent Media Group released a video condemning leaders for the organized financial attacks on independent media outlets.

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It’s sort of like the US Tech Giants and their attacks on independent media here at home.

Via The Business Report:

“SILENCING Independent Media is the ruthless aim of Pravin Gordhan and Cyril Ramaphosa” stated Dr Iqbal Survé, executive chairman of Independent Media, who also asked if South Africa could still claim to have a democracy when the media is muzzled from showcasing a diversity of views or from holding those in public office to account?

This as Standard Bank – which has reneged on its submission to the Competition Commission where it said it was not closing the Group company bank accounts – has now expressed its intention to shut the banking facilities of the country’s largest independent media organisation.

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