Guptas: Govt slams 'unethical media'

2011-03-05 14:02

Johannesburg - Journalists enquiring whether certain ministers had been to the Gupta family's house was a violation of privacy and unethical, government said on Saturday.

Government spokesperson Jimmy Manyi said certain ministers' offices had received media enquiries asking whether their ministers had been to the Gupta family's house or knew of any ministers who had been.

"Government views these questions as an irresponsible fishing expedition that amounts to the violation of the privacy of Ministers," Manyi said.

"There is no law in South Africa that prohibits anyone, including cabinet ministers, from visiting the house of any person they so wish. Freedom of association is a constitutionally enshrined right enjoyed by all citizens."

"The violation of the right to privacy and freedom of association because of the urge by some media to publish any hearsay as news and scandalize innocent relationships as corrupt is, in our view, devoid of ethical journalism," he said.

The Sunday Times had last week reported that a revolt was brewing in the ANC and its alliance partners against the influence of the Gupta family over President Jacob Zuma and his government.

The newspaper said it understood that the Guptas' role in influencing the appointment of CEOs and chairmen in key state-owned enterprises was recently raised at an ANC National Working Committee meeting and would be formerly discussed at its next gathering in a week.

ANC deployment committee members revealed at a meeting last Monday that new Transnet CEO Brian Molefe, believed to be favoured by the Guptas, had been appointed by the Cabinet without their say.

The Gupta brothers - Atul, Ajay and Rajesh, also known as Tony - are said to wield so much power that they often summon Cabinet ministers and senior government officials to their family compound in Saxonwold, Johannesburg.

The Guptas, through family spokesperson Gary Naidoo, dismissed the allegations as "rubbish" and said they were an attempt to "denigrate" Zuma and his office.

  • Slapper - 2011-03-05 14:10

    Shame, Blame the media for reporting the truth. I wonder how much we would know, without the media? certainly nothing from the corrupt incompetents that run this asylum and leave themselves wide open to Gupta, Sheik and others of that cunning Ilk.

  • abrham - 2011-03-05 14:17

    maybe the gupta's 'negotiated' their way into zuma'a ass

  • antonbar - 2011-03-05 14:37

    Yeah, right, Jimmy Muntu. There was also no harm in Zuma hanging out with the Sneaky Shaiks, right?

  • Fred - 2011-03-05 14:41

    Touchy, touchy, aren't we. Must be some deep and dark secrets hidden there, otherwise the ANC wouldn't be crying. It will be interesting to see if the Gupta's companies start getting lots of Transnet work now. Far too much top secret "dirty tricks" stuff happening behind the governments closed doors. Wasn't this supposed to go out with apartheid???? Didn't Nelson Mandela promise us that the ANC's governing policy would be open and transparent???? Yeh, right !!!!

      Pipehitter - 2011-03-05 15:33

      What is the deal with the R550 bil. railway contract? The plot thickens!

  • MaLemmer - 2011-03-05 14:52

    Are there perhaps too many journalists in Gauteng, w@nker!

  • nakkie1616 - 2011-03-05 14:53

    uhm, you told us that you had freedom of speech. trying to cover your racist hatred! now what happened to the freedom of speech and "freedom" for the normal citizen to know what is going on in his(our) country? grow up dude. you are a joke!

  • BernieK - 2011-03-05 15:02

    We all know what is going on. What are we going to do about it? Bitching and moaning? The moaners on this forum are the minority in comparison of the whole population. So what now? The ANC is going to win again because we have the illiterate masses taking part. So the democratic process of voting in this country is a useless excercise. This is the result of one man one vote. All the liberals on this forum that voted for change years ago, now is the time to stand up and demand your rights or just shut up and live with the consequences. Years ago before 1994 there was a reason why this country had homelands etc etc. Now this whole country is one big Venda or one big useless Transkei and now we moan. We knew back then that the African way of doing things are different from the European way, so why did you vote for change? Huh? Either you live with it or you adapt and make a plan or just simply quit out of this place. It is now a different SA and for many of us it is a uncomfortable place. If we want to stay on here then we have to become very creative and make plans and stop moaning. Switch on the entrepreneurial mind and get going! If something irritates you, well damn do something! We are all yapping like yard dogs but nothing changes, it is all just wind and noise and this government knows it. So, get more creative. And more assertive. And look for the opportunities that are created by this situation. They are there. We need to put on a different hat. Good luck.

      allie - 2011-03-05 15:52

      I call them the barbeque warriors.When they are full of klippies,they want to make war.The only thing they do the next morning is to grab a granpa.

      Sir Richard - 2011-03-05 16:00

      uh... BernieK dude this IS the bitching and moaning place if you want to actually do something about it, please go down the passage to room 5

  • oratile eyekyu - 2011-03-05 15:09

    there is no smoke without fire

  • Neville - 2011-03-05 15:13

    It was nothing when Cele boys went fishing at the public protectors office,

  • Spade - 2011-03-05 15:16

    Frankly, it is amazing that the government, led by Mr. Unethical himself, should have anything to say other people's ethics. When will they realize that they are sowing what they reaped, and cannot be taken seriously on any moral or ethical issues until they clean up their house! Talk about people living in glass houses!!!

  • Mlu - 2011-03-05 15:17

    Unethical Media, give me a break!!! Is the defensive attitude perhaps indicate that the journalists who wrote the story about the Guptas and cabinet ministers were in actual fact correct?

      OuWitBooi - 2011-03-05 15:36

      When someone of the ethical standing of Jimmy "The coloureds are in over-supply" Manyi pronounces on an entity's ethics it's very difficult to take them seriously. Come to think of it, it's hard to take anything about him seriously. It is a spin doctor's job to spin whatever needs to be spun. Truth does not come into the equation.

  • OuWitBooi - 2011-03-05 15:17

    Of course the ministers are free to associate with whomever they want. In the immortal words of Jackie Selebi "Agliotti is my vriend - finish and klaar".

  • TimeOfNick - 2011-03-05 15:18

    "would be formerly discussed" "formerly" discussed.... seriously, does anyone read through or edit this before it is published?

  • Madelane - 2011-03-05 15:21

    Wow talk of being unethical...coming from a politician....that is really to much.

  • Sir Richard - 2011-03-05 15:24

    when i grow up i want a "family spokesperson" i also want my own newspaper where i blow smoke up the aerosols of the government in return for favours - "TNA Media, the company that produces The New Age newspaper, is a new addition to the Gupta family’s stable of businesses"

  • briansmith702 - 2011-03-05 15:29

    Typical ANC les lies and more lies. Fisrt the Shaik's and now the Guptas. Do they think we were all born like the jungles that rule this coubtry. A bunch of total crooks since Zuma was elected. Come on Egypt, Tunisia and Lybia. Get rid of this scum!!!!

  • Monique2011 - 2011-03-05 15:31

    The real question is how to educate the illiterate masses on what the minority elitists running the show are actually doing. I personally make it my duty to tell every one that I meet from the guy at the garage to the lady at the till what their hero Zuma is actually doing ....time we spread the word of truth and heh who cares if we don't go to heaven - I'd rather not if he is going to be my neighbour!

  • GT - 2011-03-05 15:37

    actually, what Herr Jimmy fails to recognize is that ministers are answerable to the public, not to anyone else. This government is a law unto itself. They refuse to accept that transparency in the cornerstone of good governance. Shaddy deals, corrupt business, family ties.... it is messy and ugly beyond our wildest dreams. Never trust a nationalist!

  • U1 - 2011-03-05 15:37

    If selebi was not caught out by the media regarding his buddy Agleotti, he would still have been the chief of police. If you don't want to be caught out, don't do it....

      Mariano Castrillon - 2011-03-05 16:20

      Selebi is still free, don't forget, and his successor is cast from the same mold.

  • Law Abiding - 2011-03-05 15:48

    Slam the media - it makes awesome sense to re-direct the attention elsewhere.

  • Torrie - 2011-03-05 15:55

    Yeah.Honey that bugger that reported to you I was visiting the whorehouse was invading my pivacy so it must be a lie...

  • Mariano Castrillon - 2011-03-05 16:14

    Who in his/her right mind would think of "denigrating" Zuma and his office??? Their actions, lack of action and words are self-denigrating enough.

  • kilo39 - 2011-03-05 17:04

    I understand that a quite a number of the staff working for the gupta businesses are being paid 'secret bonuses' to infiltrate and influence the lives of unionised members of staff to limit disruptions to their operations. Is this true?

  • Luvuyo - 2011-03-05 17:10

    It is not the good idea to destroy county's property guys,let us think about the future before we do,tomorrow what are we going to use,obvious there will be no food on the table as others, we depend upon these trains,Egpty is the rich country with many supporters,they will recover soon in the chaos of that country,how about us,our democracy we define incorrect,if it is the cause of irresponsible. maybe you want us to get to the oppression no ways,that will never happen again,no matter anyone says what.ANC is doing all the best for us,81% of electricity to develop our country,Now South Africa signed the bilateral trade with France and minister of energy was the first to sign the document but you are still burning,why are we letting down our country, we won't reach the standard of China's train if we keep on burning these existing trains.what kind of a leader are you,not thinking about the future maybe you are faking the leadership.let me tell you, if you are working, u are a leader because you are able to bring something home and you are able to do the work satisfying your boss,so? who says you are not a leader?when you will assist the President by leading where ever you are?

  • Sean - 2011-03-05 18:03

    I wonder.................

      lldoidge - 2011-03-05 19:04

      how many times he's had sex........

      Wishbone - 2011-03-05 22:59

      And I wonder do you know who'll be next?

  • jaycee - 2011-03-05 19:00

    Manyi must grow up. Can he not see the difference between Joe Average visiting the Guptas and Zuma doing the same? And Manyi is the spokesman for the government!? Woe be to SA for tolerating the ridiculous.

  • Wishbone - 2011-03-05 22:56

    Blah blah blah - jeez Jimmy Money can whine! If there is no issue why make such a big fuss?

  • Max - 2011-03-05 23:39

    The whole world is shocked by the dictator Robert Mugabe - except of course Zuma, Malema and the ANC. The Gupta relationship and the Zuma rule is no different than the Mugabe Zoo. Mugazoo = Zumalema = Mugazumalemazoo. ANC voters will either Egyptalize or rejectalize the ANC - but change to the current chaos we're living in is bound to come!

  • onetickie - 2011-03-06 09:54

    Zuma looking for another wife? Bet he's got his eye on one of the Gupta girls so they're not talking politics, just arranged marriages .....

  • Janine - 2011-03-06 11:54

    I find it impossible to believe anything that comes out of Manyi's mouth after his awful racist blunders.

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