Post-Truth or Social Justice?: Serge Belamant and Cash Paymaster Services in South Africa
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Serge Belamant was the founder and chief executive officer of Net1 UEPS Technologies (Net1), a US$600-million company that had a contract with the South Africa government to pay social grants to the poor. The contract was controversial from the start and was under scrutiny through multiple legal challenges and three different investigations, including by the US Securities Exchange Commission and the US Department of Justice. When Belamant discovered a paper describing a conspiracy theory alleging that he and Net1 were involved in a form of corruption known as state capture, he believed he could be the victim of a disinformation campaign and wondered what to do.
This case can be used in international business modules at the graduate level, in management development programs, or in short executive education courses focusing on corporate strategy or business and society.
Working through the case and assignment questions will allow students to explore the concepts of post-truth, misinformation, and disinformation. Following a discussion and analysis of the case, students should be able to
- distinguish between different types of post-truths;
- define and describe the mechanisms of a post-truth era; and
- identify and recommend appropriate responses to post-truth incidents.
Information, Media & Telecommunications
South Africa, Large, 2018
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