Sunday, February 03, 2013

DA denies receiving donations from the Gupta family

Mluleki Mrwebi
03 February 2013

After media reports last week revealed that the Democratic Alliance received donations from the Gupta family, the DA Leader Helen Zille denied the reports.

Zille refused to divulge the name of their donor.

DA Chief Executive Officer Jonathan Moakes said the party received donations from Stephen Nel in his own capacity.

Moakes said Stephen Nel, an executive of Sahara Computers from Potchefstroom, was introduced to the DA by Chris Hattingh, DA Leader in the North West Province.

He further said the DA Leader and Mr Nel had a meeting that took place on 13 February 2009 at 5 Saxonwold Close, which turned out to be the home of the Gupta family.

“Stephen Nel pledged to make a donation of R 200 000. There is nothing unusual about this. When companies decide not to donate to a political party, their senior executives sometimes do so in their personal capacity” added Moakes.  

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