ANCYL attacks Rupert family

2011-07-27 13:01

Johannesburg - The Rupert family has a history of funding SA's previous apartheid regime, the ANC Youth League (ANCYL) claimed on Wednesday.

As part of its reaction to questions about its president Julius Malema's trust fund, the ANCYL stated that it was the Rupert family which was the majority shareholder of "the Afrikaner dominated and controlled Naspers [JSE:NPN] of which senior management is 100% white and male".

The ANCYL added that Naspers owns Media24 which controls Rapport, Die Beeld, City Press and the Daily Sun newspapers.

City Press newspaper on Sunday published an article saying Limpopo businessmen were paying money into Malema's trust fund account in return for government tenders. The ANCYL has strongly denied this.

"All these publications replicate the apartheid ideology of white supremacy and portray black people as corrupt or superstitious human beings with no potential to develop and engage in conscious social, political and economic issues confronting South Africa."

However, Johann Rupert told I-Net Bridge that the family had never funded apartheid.

"The ANCYL is like a mosquito in one's tent," he said, without further comment.

Fighting back by pointing fingers

The ANCYL also said it wanted to know how much farm and agricultural land the Rupert family owned in SA today and how the family had acquired this land.

One of SA's largest banks, Absa Group [JSE:ASA], was also fingered by the ANCYL.

"What is the role of ABSA, whose CEO, Mario Ramos, has publicly opposed the policy positions of the ANCYL, particularly on the nationalisation of mines?"

And then it was nongovernmental civil rights organisation AfriForum's turn.

The ANCYL claimed that the relationship between Media24 "and right-wing formations, in particular AfriForum", should be explained because AfriForum had been running "STOP MALEMA" adverts in Media24 publications for free "for many months now".

On the weekend, AfriForum opened a corruption case against the ANCYL's president, following City Press's report that Malema had a trust fund for deposits from businessmen in Limpopo.

AfriForum laid the complaint in accordance with the Prevention and Combating of Corrupt Activities Act of 2004.

*Fin24 is a Naspers publication.

  • Michael Treherne - 2011-07-27 13:15

    So when the ANCYL doesn't like the questions it gets, it deflects them and plays the race card. When are we going to get past race in this country? No one cares what race you are, people care if what you say and do benefits the country or not.

  • Virginia - 2011-07-27 13:43

    Well ANCYL, you and the new Leaders in the new SA had to be morally up standing people, this was supposed to be a new begining not aping what the previous government did. We all know things were not so bright in the apartheid era, but does not mean that this government must continue with the same corrupt lifestyle, you people were supposed to be better, live amongste the people and see that everyone had quality of life, but no just a few appeared as the 'Black Elite" and the rest were left to fend for themselves. If the Ruperts owned Naspers that was their problem exactly the same as the government owns SABC and dictates what we watch. Governments are evil and there is always some people ou there to keep them evil.

  • Really? - 2011-07-27 13:44

    Maybe the ancyl should stop focussing on people who have created a legacy, and focus on being a youth league, as they have no political knowledge or savvy, and they react to queries and criticism like a wounded dog, just snapping at everything. They are an abomination of an "entity" . Respect the Ruperts you can learn from them!

  • Nasdaq7 - 2011-07-27 13:45

    A malaria mosquito.

  • scud - 2011-07-27 13:49

    The problem is that there are so many morons at all levels of the ANC.

  • Bidartbru - 2011-07-27 13:55

    Quel surprise..

  • gcr - 2011-07-27 14:07

    The ANCYL spokespeople have got to the dumbest of the dumb - these guys portray themselves as they have indicated because that's how they see themselves - get over the complex people and work harder

  • Crispybacon - 2011-07-27 14:15

    Haha, Hahahahaha! This would be even funnier if it were not quite scary.

  • shabzinho - 2011-07-27 14:20

    stop all this babbling and let the investigations begin.why is there talk and no action. Must the tracks be covered 1st.

  • Walter - 2011-07-27 14:48

    If you are wrong.. accept it, and if you were , apologize and accept your fate. Stop pointing fingers, and start being idealistic, start building a future instead of trying to take other peoples hard work for the masses.. If you succeed in taking it, and properly transferring it to the masses. NOTHING will come of i then there after. If you wanted to be rich, make an plan to become rich.. stop blaming somebody else, its in your hands.. always been.. for those that were in apartheid, its in your hands as well, since 1994.. 17 years now.. get over it and start using your will to succeed.

  • David - 2011-07-27 14:53

    Who cares what the Youth League says. It is not they who are under scrutiny. Juju said he is a private citizen. Let him explain his drawings from the trust and its income. It has nothing to do with the ANCYL. Grow up boys, its time for your leader to front up with the public. It is NO defence to blame whites (racist or otherwise).

  • benren - 2011-07-27 15:01

    The Ruperts worked for their money and never propagated apartheid. It is a well known fact that dr Anton Rupert and dr Verwoerd had serious differences about politics and economic empowerment. But dr Rupert was able to generate wealth without landgrabs and nationalisation. He was a wealth creator by creating thousands of jobs while Julius Malema do not care about anyone but himself. Julius will never be in the same league as the Ruperts.

      Andrew - 2011-07-27 19:25

      In Fact Dr Rupert used to arrange visits to Zambia for prominent business men to met with the ANC at his own expense, that's how progress his thinking was

  • SAFCan - 2011-07-27 15:11

    Mr Rupert, ANCYL may be like a mosquito in your tent, but that bite could cause malaria! If I had your wealth, now may be a good time to start moving that money offshore, quickly!

      TruthTeller - 2011-07-27 21:24

      haha he is not scared and he is protected by international law he won't lose his money fast don't you worry.

      SAFCan - 2011-07-28 22:45

      Truth Teller, international protection did nothing for the wealthy of Zimbabwe. They are all very wealthy today, that is in Zimbabwe dollar terms!

  • corriew - 2011-07-27 15:49

    The largest shareholders in Naspers are: PIC, Dodge & Cox Inc, Coronation AM and Old Mutual AM. The ANCYL should get its facts right before swinging for the fences.

  • Wayne - 2011-07-27 15:58

    When an organization has refer back to aparthied whenever it has to defend its position, it only shows how weak and uninformed that leadership is. Come on, apartheid is dead and buried 16 long years. As long as you keep digging it up to parade it as an excuse for everything you dont like or understand we will never move on.

  • pothead - 2011-07-27 16:01

    the "blame game"!!! now the yl is trying to take the attenion of julius by hitting out at the ruberts and absa.....!!!! he must now take his punishment like a man......... ACCOUNTABILITY!!!!

      nixcroft - 2011-07-28 08:46

      wasn't the whole bunch so happy and glad that Ramos was appointed head of ABSA ? And we all thought she was a political appointee, what with her links to the ANC and Trevor ? And when she didn't open the safes of ABSA for the ANCYL to plunder she is the devil now ? Lovely isn't it ?

      chan chan - 2011-07-28 09:13

      accountability and responsibility are 2 things the whole ANC know nothing about, they are still waiting to evolve.

  • $Sign - 2011-07-27 16:30

    HAHA...Mosquito in one's tent...HAHAHA...irritating blood suckers!

      chan chan - 2011-07-28 09:16

      so true, they will drain the country dry until nothing is left

  • shaun.cousins1 - 2011-07-27 16:45

    Back to the past...shows you this governments sees no future...

      chan chan - 2011-07-28 09:17

      because they have no brains and no vision !! they cant figure things out by themselfs so they turn to the only thing they remember

  • Bullhunter - 2011-07-27 18:39

    Dumb, dumber and dumbest...

      James Weather - 2011-07-27 20:12

      Only a guilty person would pull the racist card when faced with such serious allegations! Let the investigation take place before you start calling foul! Because its hell of an interest that these are comrades of yours that said these allegations and not City Press. But none the less the only card you have to divert attention from these allegations is racisms? In other words you would rather cause racial tension in our nation than to answer to questions on your corruption charges? Your a selfish man indeed!!!

      R.Suppards - 2011-07-27 21:04

      There is no sustitute for stupidity.

  • Babba x - 2011-07-27 19:31

    ANCYL is insignificant

      nixcroft - 2011-07-28 08:44

      How i wish you were right, the sad thing is they aren't..they should be yes, but they aren't

  • Teflon - 2011-07-27 20:24

    "All these publications replicate the apartheid ideology of white supremacy and portray black people as corrupt or superstitious human beings with no potential to develop and engage in conscious social, political and economic issues confronting South Africa." I'm speechless…

      czovczov - 2011-07-28 08:58

      If someone is found to be on the wrong side of the law, it does not matter whether the whistle blower is black or white. Playing the race card to defend corrupt tendencies is getting played out. We must not stand by corrupt black leaders simply because they happen to share the same color of skin with us. Blind loyalty is killing the cause of black empowerment. Those with selfish intentions and hidden agendas must not be allowed to lead the black empowerment movement - Malema falls in that category. The Malemas will only plunge us in the same black hole that Robert Mugabe plunged Zimbabwe. Lets empower ourselves without destroying our own economy, without sacrificing our moral fabric. MALEMA is not the man to lead us to prosperity as black people, being loud mouthed and flamboyant does not make him qualified for the job.

      Southern - 2011-07-28 09:22

      Being speechless does not help. I agree that there are many who go too far and some are outright racist. But writing about corruption and wrongdoing is fundamentaly important. And mostly the corruption is defended my black contributors. That does not show much understanding of how a free society is supposed to work. And this is where the sentiments do come from.

  • BrentROX - 2011-07-27 21:05

    Why does Mr Malema always bring up the race card. The press ask straight questions, it seems to be difficult to answer with a straight answer?

      LUFC - 2011-07-27 22:08

      its because it riles up idiots who follow him

  • Rob Rabbit - 2011-07-27 21:51


  • Proud Juju Fan - 2011-07-27 23:36

    Only idiots PASS woodwork. Show me a fool who has passed woodwork & he's better off. Malema is not a carpenter, he's a leader, and a powerful one. Anyone who thinks Malema is not intelligent is a bitter fool bacause you can't lead if the only thing you are clever in is woodwork, no carpenter can lead an organization as big & powerful as the ANCYL.

      OldSA - 2011-07-28 07:32

      a Leader inspire people to excell and achieve in themselves, this is not what he is doing.He steals from the poor and then let them believe the world owns them everything. He is just a clever thieve.

      Justfred - 2011-07-28 08:29

      " carpenter can lead!" Well that fact has been proven!! And besides, how dumb do you need to be to fail woodwork???

      czovczov - 2011-07-28 08:41

      Blind loyalty at its best.

      Justfred - 2011-07-28 08:47

      " carpenter can lead!" Well, that point has been proven!!! Besides how dumb must one really be, to fail woodwork???

  • Charles Kane - 2011-07-27 23:37

    Hoo hoo ha ha.

  • khunsol - 2011-07-28 00:45

    Do they have a different meaning for Corruption. If that is the case, they should let the people know. I am sick and tired of ANCYL trying to justify their evil deeds by playing the race card. Enough is enough. I don't understand how the ANCYL choose their leaders as they appear not to understand their role. i.e nation building, promoting the integration of the SA society etc.

      CCT - 2011-07-28 08:01

      Enough is enough? How come 'we' all get it but the 'powers that be' don't or won't acknowledge how we are destroying this country through corruption > wealth-building for select individuals, plain downright skulduggery by thugs.

  • setsompa - 2011-07-28 00:59

    The ANC is not in power to serve the people but to enrich itself. The sooner the voters come to terms with this reality the better. How is the country going to develop if they continue looting our money? There is no future for our children. The sooner we stop this corruption the better. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH! Go to Northwest hospital and schools and you will realise what I am talking about. There are no ambulances in Brits hospital(Madibeng municipality) but the ANC leaders are stealing Billions of Rands. What a shame?

  • Boiling Frog - 2011-07-28 01:45

    The best form of defence is attack. Secondly never try to reason with a bunch of Narcisstic adults as you are going to walk out feeling that you will need serious counclling as thier minds are not wired properly.When you master the steps of understanding the Narc you might then start putting the pieces of puzzle together and even reflect on the nonsense frothing from their mouths .Thirdly, the Narcissists love to bite the hands that feed them. Still surprized Johann Rupert?

  • Chris Swart - 2011-07-28 08:20

    Malema's attorney said on tuseday: "...we are watching the situasion, if they publish anything false, we will take legal action..." Does that mean the newspapers have been telling the truth up to now?

  • Ross - 2011-07-28 08:50

    I want to correct Mr. Ruperts statement that the ANCYL is like a mosquito in a tent. The ANCYL is in fact a "Makirikiri" which is a small parasite clinging on the back of a mosquito in a tent.

  • The Monk - 2011-07-28 09:07

    Thats it fellas. Try to deflect by pointing fingers at someone else. Whilst I have always given the YL the benefit of the doubt, it is really looking like these guys have been caught with their hands in the cookie jar.

  • Southern - 2011-07-28 09:13

    Assuming the trust fund is 100% clean why does the ANCYL not come forward and proves those 'racist' newspapers wrong? THEN they could shout and maybe have a point to their 'racist' newspaper claims. Right now the situation is simply pathetic. What is more sickening even is the complete silence of the leaders of this government on these issues.

  • KrayZee - 2011-07-28 09:50

    Very, very pathetic attempt to divert attention away from their president's issues. If this is the calibre of the future leaders of SA, we may as well become another province of Zimbabwe. That way, Mugabe can govern ALL Zimbabweans and their policies of nationalisation and land grabs can be implemented without going through tedious changes to the SA constitution. Will someone in the ANC please discipline the kindergarten or at least keep the children quiet, grownups want to have meaningful discussion and debate!

  • Romac - 2011-08-14 17:41


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