DA leader Mmusi Maimane on Thursday said the party had paid back all the money it had received from the Guptas and would not, under any circumstances, accept donations from the controversial family or their associates. "I have no inclination of dealing with the Guptas and I have made that very clear," said Maimane, in response to questions at the Cape Town press club. ANC treasury general Zweli Mkhize confirmed on Wednesday that the governing party had received funding from the controversial Gupta family, but said the amount was "insignificant". In 2013, erstwhile DA leader Helen Zille confirmed that the party had received donations worth R400,000 from an associate of the Gupta family and one of their companies. At the time Zille insisted there was nothing wrong with the donations, as there was no scandal involving the Guptas when the money was initially accepted in 2009 and early 2010.

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