Sympathy, outrage on Twitter after MultiChoice shuts down Afro Worldview
Twitter users have expressed outrage, as well as sympathy, following the announcement that Afro Worldview's contract had been terminated by pay TV operator MultiChoice on Monday evening.
The cancellation of the controversial news channel, formerly known as ANN7, took place at 23:59 and employees were called in to a meeting on Monday, where they were informed to stay at home until further notice.
The channel's closure comes a few months after Afro Voice newspaper, formerly known as The New Age, was shut down.
The cancellation triggered strong indignation on social media about the association the TV channel had with MultiChoice and the controversial Gupta family, who had launched the newspaper in 2010 and the channel in 2013.
Owner Mzwanele Manyi acquired the newspaper and TV channel in 2017, rebranding it in an attempt to distance them from the Guptas.
Afro Worldview news reader Florence Letoaba dedicated "love and appreciation" to Manyi in a tweet, saying "the odds were stacked so heavily against you [Manyi]".
There was also concern shown for former employees, and a tweet by Manyi on August 18, pleading with South Africans to "please put this innocent team of Bread Winners in your prayers. They NEED their jobs".
A new channel is expected to launch on August 28.