AfroVoice newspaper - formerly New Age newspaper - suddenly closes its doors

AfroVoice newspaper - formerly New Age newspaper - suddenly closes its doors

- AfroVoice newspaper has announced that it will be closing its doors

- Mzwanele Manyi, owner of the newspaper did not give any details on the sudden decision

- Manyi took over the newspaper from the Gupta family, leading to him being called a Gupta puppet

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AfroVoice - known as The New Age until earlier this year - newspaper will shortly not be for sale any more.

The paper's management made an unexpected announcement that the newspaper will be closing its doors with immediate effect.

Owner of the newspaper, controversial businessman Mzwanele Manyi was not available for comment over this sudden decision.

Staff of the newspaper were instructed not to show up for work on Sunday. The staff will be paid their July salaries, according to reports by IOL News.

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Manyi took over the newspaper from the Gupta family and changed the name from The New Age to AfroVoice. reported on the comments his purchase of the newspaper sparked from South Africans. Manyi was accused of being a Gupta puppet but lashed out at those who called him a so without any evidence to back up the claims.

He said that it was just another example of the institutionalised racism which is still rife in the country and which successful black people had to deal with.

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The Gupta family selling their paper also caused raised eyebrows, according to an earlier report by

Following the much-publicised news of the Gupta's selling off some of their commercial interests in South Africa, the Federation of Unions of South Africa has called for a commission of inquiry to investigate why this is so.

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