Mayor Mashaba takes on the Gup­tas

ANN7 WORK­ERS AL­LEGE MOGULS WERE RACIST Mashaba to take Gupta fam­ily to Equal­ity Court for slurs against blacks.

The Citizen (KZN) - - FRONT PAGE - Amanda Wat­son – aman­daw@cit­i­

Jo­han­nes­burg Mayor Her­man Mashaba said yes­ter­day he in­tended drag­ging mem­bers of the con­tro­ver­sial Gupta fam­ily be­fore the Equal­ity Court for their al­leged “racial slurs against black South Africans”.

“Re­cently, I had the op­por­tu­nity to en­gage with past and present em­ploy­ees of Gupta TV [real name ANN7], who have re­layed to me nu­mer­ous ac­counts in which the sta­tion’s bosses al­legedly ut­tered racial slurs against black em­ploy­ees, and black South Africans in gen­eral,” Mashaba said in a state­ment yes­ter­day.

“While these em­ploy­ees have re­quested, for now, that their iden­ti­ties re­main pro­tected from the me­dia, they have in­di­cated to me their will­ing­ness to come for­ward and re­lay their hor­rific ac­counts at the hands of the Gup­tas and their as­so­ciates for the pur­pose of court ac­tion.”

Al­le­ga­tions of racism against the Gupta broth­ers have cir­cu­lated for years.

In 2017 amaBhun­gane and Scor­pio re­vealed through the #Gup­taLeaks e-mails how an agency called Heil­bron Hos­pi­tal­ity sent through a quote for staff hire for Vega Gupta’s wed­ding on Fe­bru­ary 22, 2013.

“Un­der Terms and Con­di­tions, it states: ‘Heil­bron Hos­pi­tal­ity con­firms the pro­vi­sion of all cau­casian staff, with the ma­jor­ity of the wait­ers and a few of the but­lers be­ing fe­male staff,” amaBhun­gane/Scor­pio wrote, not­ing the agency had clar­i­fied all staff would be cau­casian in re­sponse to a query from Tony Gupta.

As a hard­work­ing black man I can­not let this go by

Peo­ple had also in­di­cated the toxic work en­vi­ron­ment they ex­pe­ri­enced at the Midrand of­fices of “Gupta TV”, Mashaba said.

“This in­for­ma­tion is cor­rob­o­rated by jour­nal­ist Ra­jesh Sun­daram, a former ed­i­tor at Gupta TV, whose ac­count of dis­crim­i­na­tory and un­fair work­ing con­di­tions, mainly af­fect­ing young black em­ploy­ees as well as mi­grant In­dian work­ers, is cap­tured in his book In­den­tured: Be­hind the Scenes at Gupta TV,” said Mashaba.

“Mr Sun­daram re­counts the many de­mean­ing ref­er­ences the Gupta broth­ers, Atul and Ajay, made of South Africans, es­pe­cially as they re­lated to our al­leged lazi­ness and cor­rupt­ibil­ity.

“As a black South African, es­pe­cially one that has en­deav­oured to ex­cel through dili­gence and hard work, I can­not in all good con­science sit and watch as the Gup­tas seek to de­mean our peo­ple,” the metropole’s mayor said.

Mashaba, act­ing in his pri­vate ca­pac­ity, said he would in­struct lawyers to as­sist any com­plainants who would mail him at gup­tatv­com­ with their af­fi­davits.

Pic­ture: Neil Mc­Cart­ney

INCENSED. The DA mayor of Jo­han­nes­burg, Her­man Mashaba, seen here at his party’s of­fices in New­town, two years ago.

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