ANC must deal with 'arrogance' of the Guptas - Jackson Mthembu

2016-03-16 22:07
Jackson Mthembu (Susan Cilliers, Netwerk24)

Jackson Mthembu (Susan Cilliers, Netwerk24)

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Johannesburg – ANC MP Jackson Mthembu on Twitter expressed outrage at the Gupta family after Deputy Minister of Finance Mcebisi Jonas's explosive announcement that he was offered the ministry.

Replying to Jonas via Twitter, Mthembu said he could not believe the arrogance of the Guptas. He said the ANC should deal with the Gupta family once and for all.

"I believe Cde Jonas, @MyANC_ must deal with this arrogance of the #Guptas once and for all!!Who the hell do they think they are," he said.

When someone on his page then asked how the Guptas knew about the vacancy in the ministry, Mthembu said: "Good question that the ANC must get answers on".

Jonas on Wednesday confirmed he was offered the job of finance minister before Nhlanhla Nene was removed.

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.

However, Jonas on Wednesday confirmed it was the politically-connected family who offered him the position.

"Members of the Gupta family offered me the position of Minister of Finance to replace then-Minister Nene," he said.

"I rejected this out of hand. The basis of my rejection of their offer is that it makes a mockery of our hard earned democracy, the trust of our people and no one apart from the President of the Republic appoints ministers."

Jonas also clarified that Duarte had not offered him the job later.

Read more on:    anc  |  jackson mthembu  |  mcebisi jonas  |  gupta family  |  politics

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