GuptaLeaks: Magda Wierzycka forced to flee SA weeks before Gupta emails bombshell

accreditation
Share your Subscriber Article
You have 5 articles to share every month. Send this story to a friend!
This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.
0:00
play article
Subscribers can listen to this article
Magda Wierzycka (Photo: Gallo Images)
Magda Wierzycka (Photo: Gallo Images)

Businesswoman Magda Wierzycka fled to the Maldives with her family in late April 2017, fearing for their safety, driven out of the country by a rumour that "a cache of dangerous information about the Guptas [that] was 'floating around' and was about to become public".

Within weeks, the Sunday Times and City Press would publish a selection of the emails, providing the first insight into the Gupta Leaks, showing that the family controlled South Africa through their connection with former president Jacob Zuma and a long line of ANC loyalists and government officials.

Wierzycka reveals for the first time that she had not leaked the emails to the newspapers, an accusation levelled by journalists involved in the leaks from the start, in her new book, Magda: My Journey, which is available in bookstores from 25 April.

Support independent journalism
Get 14 days free to read all our investigative and in-depth journalism. Thereafter you will be billed R75 per month. You can cancel anytime and if you cancel within 14 days you won't be billed.
Subscribe
Already a subscriber? Sign in
Voting Booth
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Results
Nappies, they cost too much
7% - 304 votes
Formula and food, it's getting so expensive
18% - 809 votes
Creche and school fees are a struggle every month
76% - 3482 votes
Vote
Rand - Dollar
15.86
+1.4%
Rand - Pound
19.79
+0.3%
Rand - Euro
16.79
+0.3%
Rand - Aus dollar
11.18
+0.0%
Rand - Yen
0.12
+1.0%
Gold
1,841.55
+1.4%
Silver
21.92
+2.4%
Palladium
2,008.00
-0.4%
Platinum
966.50
+3.0%
Brent Crude
109.11
-2.6%
Top 40
61,726
-1.3%
All Share
68,246
-1.2%
Resource 10
71,337
-0.6%
Industrial 25
75,802
-1.3%
Financial 15
15,729
-1.9%
All JSE data delayed by at least 15 minutes Iress logo
Editorial feedback and complaints

Contact the public editor with feedback for our journalists, complaints, queries or suggestions about articles on News24.

LEARN MORE