Rupert surprised by ANCYL attack

2011-07-27 15:27

Johannesburg - One of South Africa's wealthiest businessmen, Johann Rupert, said on Wednesday he is surprised that the ANC has allowed its youth league to attack him.

Rupert told I-Net Bridge the ANC knew that he and his father never funded or had any connections with the former National Party.

Earlier on Wednesday the ANC Youth League (ANCYL), as part of its reaction to questions about its president Julius Malema's trust fund, claimed the Rupert family was the majority shareholder of "the Afrikaner dominated and controlled Naspers Group, of which senior management is 100% white and male".

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

City Press newspaper on Sunday reported that Limpopo businessmen paid money into Malema's trust fund account in return for government tenders. The ANCYL has 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 SA."

However, Rupert said it was news to him - and it would be news to Naspers' Koos Bekker too - that the Rupert family had any influence over the media group.

"If we have any shares they are miniscule - it could only be a couple of thousand shares that my late father (Anton Rupert) owned originally."

Rupert is chairperson of luxury goods group Richemont.

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.

Criticised in the past

Rupert - who was clearly amused at the ANCYL's allegations - said both he and his father had been criticised in the past by Naspers for being against apartheid.

"People know it and the ANC leaders know it."

This is not the first time that the Rupert family has been attacked by the ANCYL.

"It's the fifth or sixth time they've had a go at our family, making allegations that we hide in Stellenbosch. My record and my family's record against racism speak for itself."

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 (sic) Ramos has publicly opposed the policy positions of the ANCYL, particularly on the nationalisation of mines?"

And then it was agricultural organisation AfriForum's turn.

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

At the weekend, AfriForum opened a corruption case against the ANCYL president following the City Press report on Malema's trust fund.

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

* Fin24 is a Naspers publication.

  • jonessierob - 2011-07-27 17:12


  • Richie - 2011-07-27 17:15

    Trust the ANCYL to get it totally wrong... what a bunch of incompetent fools? Eish. Why do they not tell people WHY Malema is not guilty instead of spewing conspiracy and diverting from the matter at hand.

      Blade Live - 2011-07-28 09:21

      The problem is that deep down, on some level, they either know that they are wrong/guilty or at least know that they will be perceived as being wrong. They are however too arrogant to ever admit this. I suppose in their minds, the next best thing is to attempt to incriminate everyone else so that they appear to be the lesser evil, or at least, no different to anyone else. Its amazing how much better we feel when we know that there is someone "worse" than us out there. Diverting the attention away from themselves does just this - it makes them feel better about themselves and momentarily takes the heat off them (or so they think)....

  • Troy - 2011-07-27 17:20

    Julius the illusionist, trying to direct attention away from the point being raised. The more you avoid the questions asked the more wary we are of whats being hidden. Raising false accusations just makes one ask how desperate can they be to get away from the reality of possible criminal elements and misapropriation of funds.

  • GP - 2011-07-27 17:32

    clutching at every last straw! desparate and pathetic!

  • Common Sense - 2011-07-27 19:32

    This is total immature behaviour commonly seen with chlidren under the age of 5 years where they will blame anybody but will not take responsibility for their actions. Let the act go its way independent of any political party. If someone earns R25000 per month, he would not even get a loan to build the house. Julius claims he is a honest normal poor citizen. If you are not guilty come out of your hiding place and defend yourself. Sue the newspapers and put the rumours about comitting fraud to rest. Your actions once again is not corresponding with your words........

      norman - 2011-07-27 23:13

      I take serious exception to your statement!! My 17-year old son is definitely more intelligent and mature than this lot.

  • John - 2011-07-27 19:54

    Wild accusations would suggest panic.

  • Dirk du Plessis - 2011-07-27 21:53

    Mnr Rupert, Jou pa was n finominale mens en ek het groot respek vir hom , sy na-latenskap en vir jou. Ek weet julle doen baie vir die gemeenskappe en skenk miljoenerande aan verskeie organisasies ens. Wil jy nie asb die oningeligte swart materialistiese ongeskoolde onmanierlike verwaande , rasistiese, mense wat nie n toekoms vir die land kan voorsien en nie na hul eie mense kyk asseblief regwys soos jy kan nie. Ek staan agter jou en sal jou ondersteun tot die einde. Dis tyd vir die pad terug. Ons kinders is jonk en verdien nie dit nie.

  • chris.khanye - 2011-07-27 23:32

    Hitler blamed Jews and Gypsies. Apartheid regime blamed communist Blacks and stone throwers. Mugabe blames everyone except himself. Now paper socialists, bourgeois and very stinking rich platinum card carrying ANC/YL members blame all, but themselves. When things fall apart, comrades hallucinate!!

      IconoClasp - 2011-07-28 09:36

      You sir are a scholar and a gentleman.Very well summarised. If we all take responsibility for our thoughts and actions, we will be the change that we want to see.

      Nuck Choris - 2011-07-28 13:08

      Well said Chris

  • Proudly SA - 2011-07-28 06:17

    Mr Rupert, the manner you have responded is vey commendable - others would have gone crazy and worsened situation. The ANC Government, specifically Mr Zuma, must start leading and ensuring the immense damage been done to RSA by unebelievably moronic ANCYL is stopped.

  • DubulaAMABUNU - 2011-07-28 06:26

    i have mentioned it before that News24 is part of a bigger rightwing group in this country.

  • ks - 2011-07-28 07:06

    Is Jub Jub and the ANCYL feeling a bit threatened?

  • Riaan - 2011-07-28 07:26

    Since when is AfriForum an "agricultural organisation"???

      KanaMay - 2011-07-30 23:57

      ANCYL probably thought that it was `Agri Forum'.

  • ihatum - 2011-07-28 07:59

    Is Malema now trying to hide under the veil of being black?, this is absolute nonsense, he needs to come clean, how is he funding his lavish lifestyle?. The rest of the ANCYL leadership should also be questioning this unless they are also in the same game. If that's the case then one questions the credibility of the ANCYL. The questions being asked of Malema have very simple answers and if he is truly clean, this whole thing will wash away. As a black person I feel used and angry that he's trying to play the race card.

  • Mistypogo - 2011-07-28 08:00

    What does the ANCYL actually do all day? I do not hear of them trying to find solutions to problems. All they do is try and find someone to attack verbally to make it look as if they are a caring people organisation. I wish the youth who support them would realise that if nationilastion happens, they will not see a cent of this as it will go into the pockets of the ANC and their cronies.

  • rob barrie - 2011-07-28 08:16

    Johan Rupert and family is and always been true to the SA in conduct and execution and worked for the better of all. Malem and his chronies have done more damage to the SA from a global perspective whilst their conduct and personal wealth progress has been in serious doubt

      clark - 2011-07-28 13:18

      - The rupert family have done far more to uplift the blacks than Malema has ever done or will ever do .

  • Blade Live - 2011-07-28 09:14

    In psychology there is a term known as "Projection". This is projection of the highest form...

      Buzzbar - 2011-07-28 10:26

      See Johan, This is what happens when the deposits in the Juliaas trust fund are below R100K...

  • juniorjoy - 2011-07-28 12:52

    @DubulaAMABUNU good point

  • judicatordex - 2011-07-28 12:59

    If the masses were smart, then democracy would've been effective... I reject any form of government in which the opinion of the village idiot is given the same weight as the opinion of Aristotle. (author unknown)

  • kenroid - 2011-07-28 13:48

    A wee bit of irony here - what with Jules loving the luxury goods and all...

      Fanie - 2011-07-29 16:27


  • R S - 2011-07-28 14:09

    I think its time for big businesses in SA to rethink its position in South Africa !!!!! Its time to start planning an exit strategy.....

  • Jon - 2011-07-28 17:46

    Is the Breitling Brand not owned by Richemont?

  • quill virtual - 2011-07-28 21:07

    this sad windbag does not deserve a response. stop honouring him with a reply. exploit his capitalist greed until he looks like a post colonial economically liberated christmas tree dripping with luxury items from those companies he hates.

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