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Thu Apr 24 11:41:22 SAST 2014

Zille's fine dinner with the Guptas sticks in my craw: iLIVE

Yonela Diko, Claremont, Cape Town | 04 February, 2013 00:25
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Portraits of Western Cape Premier Helen Zille. FOB. 09.03.2012. Picture: ESA ALEXANDER

The ugly head of political immaturity and insincerity has reared its head yet again with DA leader Helen Zille losing credibility.

Frankly, her visit to the Guptas' estate in Saxonwold, Johannesburg, for whatever reason - to dine on blinis and caviar or to collect a cheque - is wrong on many levels, given the public perception of the Guptas, a perception peddled by Zille and her cronies.

Even if Zille's version of the Gupta-related donation is true, why would she have accepted the location to collect a cheque, given the obvious scandal it would generate once it became known to the public?

Why would an executive from a Gupta company choose the Guptas' home as the venue for handing over a donation?

Why not his own home?

And why would this question not register with Zille?

To then say: "Perhaps most important, the donor has never once asked a DA government for any special favours or preferential treatment; he knows very well that we don't function like that" is blindly naive.

The donor has already asked Zille to dine with the Guptas - in exchange for the donation. It is obvious Zille never thought this little visit would ever become public.

This is exactly what has turned people away from politics - the sense that politicians are two-faced; that no honest word can come from their mouths.

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