A JOHANNESBURG Stock Exchange-listed multinational media company, Naspers, this week received wide condemnation for printing President Robert Mugabe’s presidential run-off campaign material.
According to media reports, workers at the Gauteng-based Paarl Web Gauteng, a subsidiary of Naspers, this week wrote a petition to group chairman Ton Vosloo demanding that the company donate proceeds of the “blood money” to local charity organisations.
Journalists and activists reportedly joined the condemnation.
The firm’s chief executive, Stephen van der Walt, confirmed that funds would be given to an appropriate charity.
“We will find a suitable fund supporting victims and will make a small donation,” said van der Walt. “I cannot attribute the exact profit figure for the job, but we will donate in the region of R250 000 to R350 000 to a suitable fund.”
Deputy information minister Bright Matonga together with advertising executive Sharon Mugabe of Imago Advertising, according to sources, last month brokered a R2,6 million deal with the group after several printing companies refused to be part to Mugabe’s campaign.
The campaign literature under the theme 100% Empowernent, Total Independence includes flyers, stickers and booklets.
Asked to comment, an edgy Matonga said: “Iwe uri muSouth African here (Are you South African)? We are having an election tommorow, washaya imwe nyaya here (Look for other stories to write). I don’t know about that and that is not a priority.”