Former Minister of Communications Faith Muthambi has had her appeal against a Supreme Court of Appeal judgment upheld in the ongoing set-top box fight in South Africa.
The Constitutional Court ruled that the 2015 Broadcasting Digital Migration policy was lawfully determined, after the Supreme Court of Appeal ruled the process by which Muthambi amended the policy in March 2015 was invalid and therefore unlawful.
The ruling means that state-sponsored set-top boxes without encryption capabilities can be distributed to households.
E.tv was one of the parties which brought the legal action against Muthambi, stating that government-subsidised set-top boxes should support encryption.
The DA’s Marian Shinn said her party urged the new communications minister, Ayanda Dlodlo, to consider their request for a thorough review of the policy.
“I call on the minister to use this opportunity to reveal what steps she proposes to stimulate the ICT sector to join forces and contribute expertise to accelerate the transition from analogue to digital broadcasting,” said Shinn.