Zille solicited funds from Guptas - report

2013-01-28 12:37
Helen Zille (File, AFP)

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Johannesburg - Democratic Alliance leader Helen Zille solicited funding from the Gupta family, the Weekend Argus reported.

Unnamed sources told the paper Zille had gone to the Gupta's estate in Saxonwold, Johannesburg, in 2011 to ask for a donation.

She left with a "substantial" cheque, believed to be several hundred thousand rand.

When asked for comment 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."

It was reported that comment was not immediately available from the Guptas.

African National Congress 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 Democratic Alliance.

The party received R4m last week.

Fransman said the money was used to repair the DA's offices in Cape Town, the newspaper reported on Monday.

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