A JOHANNESBURG Stock Exchange-listed multinational media company, Naspers, this week received wide condemnation for printing President Robert Mugabeâ€™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 firmâ€™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 Mugabeâ€™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 donâ€™t know about that and that is not a priority.”