Zille solicited funds from Guptas – report

2013-01-28 12:29

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Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Helen Zille has reportedly solicited funding from the Gupta family.

Unnamed sources told the the Weekend Argus that Zille had gone to the Guptas’ estate in Saxonwold, Johannesburg, in 2011 to ask for a donation.

She left with a “substantial” cheque.

In March 2011 City Press reported that Zille at the time refused to confirm or deny that she had visited the Guptas in October 2010.

City Press was told that Zille had entered the Guptas’ compound with her driver and went into the family house alone.

Her spokesperson Priya Reddy said it was party policy not to ­disclose the identity of donors.

When asked for comment by The Weekend Argus, Zille told the newspaper: “The issue is not whether the Guptas have ever donated money to the DA. The issue is, if they did, whether the DA ever channelled huge amounts of public money to them in return. The answer is no.”

Comment was not immediately available from the Guptas.

ANC Western Cape leader Marius Fransman told The New Age newspaper, which is owned by the Guptas, that Zille had to come clean on who funded the DA.

The party received R4 million last week. Fransman said the money was used to repair the DA’s offices in Cape Town, the newspaper reported today.

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