Zille discusses 'Gupta donation'

Helen Zille moved to clarify reports that her party received a donation from the Gupta family.

DA leader Helen Zille. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Helen Zille on Tuesday moved to clarify reports that her party received a donation from the Gupta family.

The Gupta's, who own the New Age newspaper, are also well known backers of President Jacob Zuma.

Zille recently caused a stir when she pulled out of a New Age business briefing after it emerged that the events were sponsored by state-owned enterprises.

On Tuesday, the DA leader set the record straight while still trying to protect the identity of the man, who donated money to the opposition party.

Zille said in the run up to the 2009 elections, a senior executive at one of the Gupta companies, gave her party R200,000.

She said the donor asked her to collect the money at the Gupta's Saxonworld home in northern Johannesburg.

"He made the cheque in his own personal capacity, from his own private bank account. He subsequently gave us a second cheque in the amount of R100,000 from his private personal account."

Zille said the third time he made a donation, the cheque was made out in the name of the company he worked for.

She then became concerned about receiving money from the donor and subsequently declined three more offers.

Zille said she could not reveal the name of the donor as it is against DA policy.

She also hit out at the media for creating "a scandal where there is none."