Rajesh Sundaram's recollection of his time at ANN7 covered four meetings with former president Jacob Zuma and claims of rough and raw dummy news bulletins that included a dash of propaganda involving EFF leader Julius Malema.
Author and former ANN7 editor Rajesh Sundaram's memory of his time with the Guptas came into awkward focus at the State Capture commission on Monday, 3 June 2019, when he was grilled about the accuracy of startling statements he claimed had been made by former president Jacob Zuma.
Sundaram is testifying at the commission about his brief spell with the Gupta TV channel in 2013, and in particular, about four meetings he said he attended in the presence of Zuma, who was allegedly very involved in the establishment of what Sundaram labelled a "propaganda" channel.
He was testifying from a statement he made to the commission as well as from sections of his book, Indentured: Behind the Scenes at Gupta TV, published in March 2018.
Commission chairperson Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo asked Sundaram how he remembered all the details, gestures or words used by Zuma and/or the Gupta brothers for his book some months after the alleged encounters in South Africa.