ANC to meet Gupta media over 'reckless' reports

2016-03-22 17:04
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Johannesburg - The ANC was due to meet representatives of Gupta-owned ANN7 broadcaster and The New Age newspaper on Tuesday to discuss their "reckless journalism," the party said.

The party's national executive committee was concerned about how the two media outlets reported on its meeting in Pretoria from Friday to Sunday, national spokesperson Zizi Kodwa said.

Among the matters the NEC discussed were allegations that the Guptas had offered Cabinet positions to party officials.

The ANC condemned the broadcaster and the newspaper for their reports about an alleged plot by senior ANC members to topple President Jacob Zuma.

"The NEC expressed its utmost disgust at the arrogance, disrespect and reckless journalism displayed by the New Age newspaper [March 18-19], ANN7 news channel [March 16-18] and representatives of the Gupta family," secretary general Gwede Mantashe said on Sunday.

FULL TEXT: ANC NEC statement

"They have characterised the ANC as a group of factions for and against President Zuma."

When contacted for comment around lunch time on Tuesday, New Age managing director Gary Naidoo asked News24 to send questions via e-mail. He had not responded by 15:00.

ANN7 and New Age editor-in-chief Moegsien Williams did not answer repeated telephone calls.

Earlier, Kodwa said the ANC and the Guptas had agreed to discuss recent revelations and allegations. He said both sides had agreed on the need to meet urgently.

Senior ANC officials met the family last month to discuss the acquisition of the Glencore mine by its company Tegeta Exploration and Resources, and other allegations.

Following the fresh allegations of ministerial appointments and the NEC's concerns, the party felt it necessary to call for another meeting, Kodwa said.

Mantashe on Sunday said the NEC had instructed officials and the national working committee to gather all pertinent information about the allegations of ministerial appointments.

The DA on Tuesday claimed the ANC's decision to meet with the Gupta family, led by Zuma, proved that the party did not take corruption seriously.
"The fact that they are once again visiting Saxonwold so soon after South Africa's faith in our government's ability to fight corruption was shaken to the core highlights the complete disconnect between the ANC and the people," national spokesperson Phumzile Van Damme said in a statement.

"They are morally bankrupt; determined to protect - not fight - corruption and state capture, by the wealthy and politically connected few."

If the ANC was serious about stopping the abuse of state power revealed over the past week, they would have recalled Zuma, she said.

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