Following a release of information confirming that the Department of Communication spent close to R 1 million on a media-briefing held by The New Age (TNA), the Democratic Alliance (DA) is urging South Africans to boycott all Gupta-media.
Answers to parliamentary questions submitted by the DA revealed that the Department of Communications, along with other departments and some State-Owned Companies (SOCs), have been benefitting from tax-payer money.
“Over the last few months, it has become patently clear that not only TNA, but also ANN7, are nothing more than Gupta and pro-Zuma propaganda mouthpieces, surviving on the hard-earned rands of South Africa’s taxpayers”, writes DA Shadow Minister of Communications, Phumzile Van Damme. “It is no longer conscionable to fund this propaganda”.
TNA, which is owned by TNA Media and subsequently the Gupta family, had its first publication in December 2010. It has received wide criticism for its sympathetic stance towards the ANC and president Jacob Zuma, earning it the moniker of ‘presidential mouthpiece’.
The DA has stated that they understand the plight of hard-working journalists employed at the various Gupta-owned media outlets, but have called for a nationwide shut-out of anything related to the Gupta brand.