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Cape Town - National Treasury on Monday strongly denied that any of its senior officials could have been the source of a report in a Sunday newspaper, which insinuated that Deputy Secretary General of the ANC Jessie Duarte had offered Deputy Minister of Finance Mcebisi Jonas the position of finance minister in the place of former finance minister Nhlanhla Nene.

The Sunday Times reported on March 13 that President Jacob Zuma's son Duduzane was present at a meeting at a Sandton hotel at 15:00 on the last Friday in November - about two weeks before Zuma fired Nene - where members of the Gupta family allegedly offered Jonas then-finance minister Nhlanhla Nene's job. The newspaper further alleged that Jonas was again offered this position a few days later by Duarte.

The paper said numerous attempts to get comment from Jonas were unsuccessful.   

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