Is Black First Land First leader Andile Mngxitama uner the Guptas mighty spell? The #GuptaLeaks allegedly show that Mngxitama met with Gupta employee, Santosh Choubey in February 2016 and received instructions from the Gupta family and London PR firm Bell Pottinger.
In the stockpile of emails that form part of the leaks there is an email address, email@example.com, which is also known as “media profile”.
The address seems to be a shared account between Bell Pottinger, and the Guptas where media campaigns are discussed.
It was from this email account that Mngxitama was sent a message on 11 March 2016.
The email was titled “Peter Bruce!” and it included an attachment of an opinion article written by Bruce, the Tiso Blackstar editor-at-large. Bruce’s piece was based on a legal letter the Guptas had sent to BizNews editor Alec Hogg.
In the body of the email, Mngxitama is asked: “Pls see, and the part where he writes about Alex (sic) Hogg funders, can you write on this something and send some questions to him, for source of funding, legal/illegal, who are the funders. Thanks.”
The email appears to be an instruction to Mngxitama to write about Hogg.
Hogg, along with Bruce, are among a list of journalists that Mngxitama and the BLF have been attacking.
The #Guptaleaks are part of an investigation by News 24, the Daily Maverick’s investigative unit Scorpio and independent non-profit organisation amaBhungane Centre for Investigative Journalism.
Source: News 24