Zille claims Guptas pressured DA

2013-01-30 17:25

Cape Town - The New Age (TNA) newspaper heavyweights tried to dissuade the DA from asking parliamentary questions on the paper's funding, party leader Helen Zille claimed on Wednesday.

She said TNA editor Moegsien Williams, managing editor Atul Gupta and the newspaper's chief executive Nazeem Howa paid a visit to DA MP and federal chairman Wilmot James at his home last year.

"The three adopted a heavy-handed approach, and said the DA should be aware of the fact that the Independent Group would soon be bought by a well-known ANC sympathiser, and that this would be very bad for the DA," Zille told reporters at Parliament.

Zille said James did not give in to pressure and told them the DA would continue asking questions about the use of public funds for business breakfasts and advertising in the newspaper.

"They [Williams, Gupta and Howa] suggested it would be best if the DA did not make an enemy of The New Age," she said.

TNA spokes personGary Naidoo was not immediately available for comment. An official at the newspaper told the SA Press Association that Naidoo would be in meetings the whole day and would respond once he had read his e-mails.

Zille and TNA executives have been involved in a public spat, after she refused to speak at one of their business breakfasts, saying it was being funded by public money.

TNA hit back, saying she had been aware of this when she attended one of their breakfasts in the past.

  • ThinkingChick - 2013-01-30 17:33

    Sounds all a bit mafia-esque to me.

  • gary.doyle.520 - 2013-01-30 17:38

    As long as Zille can back up any statements she makes then all is well.

  • - 2013-01-30 17:42

    Is The New Age newsletter of ANC? Zille, this just scare tactics. Zuma's boys trying protect their master.

  • musarajabu - 2013-01-30 17:43

    There is no way you can keep your self dry when in a deep ocean.South Africa is part of Africa ,this is how is done in Africa .

      riaan.kruger - 2013-01-30 18:15

      ..true words Musa...but so sad..

  • bruce.turner.925602 - 2013-01-30 17:46

    Does anyone actually read The New Age ? Can't recall ever having seen a copy.

      collete.tladi - 2013-01-30 18:14

      You can grab a copy @ Lethuli house

      moriri.mosweu - 2013-01-30 18:24

      A copy? is under pressure in the hand of Zille.

      tersia.louw.12 - 2013-01-30 20:02

      I bought The New Age for the first (and last) time today. I felt I couldn't form an opinion about them without first-hand knowledge. I thought there was quite a lot of innuendo and reliance on their readers not actually reading their articles. For instance, front page today, above the crease -ZILLEGATE - THE TRUTH ABOUT THE DONATIONS Next to that "Zille's version yesterday..." above a copy of a letter too small to read comfortably. Then, next to that, copies of two letters also too small to read comfortably "...and the truth in her own words" A lazy reader would read those three headlines and conclude that Ms Zille's been telling porkies and got caught. Mmm. I'm not impressed with their style and lack of substance.

  • gert_swart - 2013-01-30 17:51

    When did this happen? Last night? Why did zille not make this public sooner?

      EMPEROR.NKOSI - 2013-01-30 18:06

      What was once a beacon of hope is similarly smouldering into that which she publicly condemns. Hypocrite!! Makes deciding which party to vote for much easier come next election.

  • tusani.masoka - 2013-01-30 17:55

    Me too

  • makhosonke.mqikela - 2013-01-30 18:13

    Politics is associated with 'manipulation' of facts, 'about-turns' and not limited to 'back-stabbing'... I rather leave politics to politicians and only have my voice heard five yearly through voting.

  • Barefoot - 2013-01-30 18:20

    he he he the comedy that is politics! TNA will say something tomorrow - better than t.v! what time is the el clasico?

  • Banele Xaji - 2013-01-30 18:21

    The tyranny of the minority is shocking, said wrong said it a 1000 times but still feel justified when you are wrong. No longer can tyranny and arrogance of both the majority and the minority dictate on how we shape our society. This proves that neither the ANC nor the DA is the future of this country.

      nico.dejongh.90 - 2013-01-30 19:40

      Gangland politics. Now we have vote for a good crook or a bad crook... It's a mad mad world we live in.

  • smalefane - 2013-01-30 18:54

    Never trust a politician!!!

  • Xulu.Thulany.Xaba - 2013-01-30 19:01

    Tjo tjo tjo tjo serious.....?

  • belinda.tshofela - 2013-01-30 19:05

    Dr Ramphele please come and save us from Zuma and zille, I beg of you my lady.

  • christiana.vespucci - 2013-01-30 20:36

    I'm disappointed ?. Very.

  • phila.kunene.355 - 2013-01-30 20:36

    Helen you don't need to justify your relationship with the Guptas,just eat the money. Helen you are not on politics because you are so dedicated on helping South African Citizens,you are there because there is money for nothing in politics. You talk as if if you don't get paid by the taxpayers' money. If there are corrupt politicians out there, also add another one "Helen Zille".

  • jaun.reid - 2013-01-30 20:51

    Seriously people? Even if she did except/take the money who cares? The ANC is killing this Country and the only person who has the balls to stand up to them is now being stepped on over this? Grow up you bloody two faced, fence sitting South Africans, you allowed this and you all brought this s*** upon yourself, why, because you did nothing and still doing nothing and never will, pathetic!

      omphile.umphimodise - 2013-01-30 22:01

      Just like you red neck ranting on news 24 and not doing anything. You are such a hypocrite.

  • zip.reeper - 2013-01-31 00:21

    so williams, gupta and howa called on wilmot at his house? that is quite a delegation. and they are now buying the Independent group? why did wilmot not disclose this earlier?

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