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Pravin Gordhan.
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Johannesburg - South Africa’s main opposition party called on Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan to clarify whether his deputy was offered the ministerial post in a meeting attended by the Gupta family and the son of President Jacob Zuma.

The Guptas, who are business partners of Duduzane Zuma, met with Mcebisi Jonas on November 27 to offer him the finance minister role, held at the time by Nhlanhla Nene, the Sunday Times reported, citing unidentified officials working for the National Treasury department and the ruling African National Congress party.

After refusing the offer, Jonas was again presented the post a week later in a phone call from the ANC’s deputy secretary general, Jessie Duarte, the Johannesburg-based newspaper said. The Financial Times first reported about an offer to Jonas on March 8.

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