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I could no longer stay quiet on Gupta offer - Jonas

By Faeza
17 March 2016

Mcebisi Jonas

Deputy Finance Minister Mcebisi Jonas said he could no longer remain quiet about the Gupta family offering him the top job in the ministry …

"We cannot afford to ignore the obvious impact these sentiments may have on our country and the resultant potential of undermining our moral authority. Neither can we afford to allow the attempts to capture the state to divert us from dealing with the challenges that our

country faces," said Jonas.

History will judge us on the extent to which we have stayed true to the commitments we have made to our people.

"History will judge us on the extent to which we have stayed true to the commitments we have made to our people through our public pronouncements and private conduct."

Reports surfaced at the weekend that Jonas was called to a meeting with the Guptas and offered the job two weeks before Nene was removed.

The Sunday Times also reported that President Jacob Zuma's son Duduzane was at the meeting at a Sandton hotel in November. The newspaper further alleged that ANC deputy secretary general Jessie Duarte had offered Jonas the position a few days later.

The Gupta family has denied it offered Jonas the job.

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