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Jonas tells inquiry Guptas threatened to kill him

Jonas says the Gupta family offered him R600 million to take the position of finance minister, and threatened to kill him if he spoke of it.
Former Deputy Finance Minister, Mcebisi Jonas says he refused the bribe from the Guptas, but Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene was later fired. Picture: Supplied

A member of the Gupta family offered South African former Deputy Finance Minister Mcebisi Jonas R600 million ($42 million) to take the top ministry post and threatened to kill him if he spoke of the offer, Jonas told a judicial inquiry.

Jonas was instructed to fire National Treasury officials who were a “stumbling block” to the family’s business interests during the meeting in October 2015, he said at a hearing investigating accusations of corruption during Jacob Zuma’s presidency. The former deputy minister refused the bribe but Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene was later fired after rejecting pressure to agree to approve the construction of nuclear plants, Jonas said.

The Guptas are friends of Zuma, who was president of the country until February, and have been accused of using that relationship to influence government decisions and win state contracts. Nene was replaced by little-known lawmaker Des van Rooyen in a late night announcement by Zuma less than two months after Jonas met with the Guptas. The Gupta brothers and Zuma have denied wrongdoing.

“At the end of the meeting, Mr Gupta repeated that they had information on me and if I suggested that the meeting had occurred, they would kill me,” Jonas testified during the third day of the inquiry in Johannesburg on Friday.

‘State capture’

The meeting was organised by Duduzane Zuma, the former president’s son who was a business partner of the Guptas, Jonas said.

The inquiry follows a report of the anti-graft ombudsman released in 2016 that found the Guptas enjoyed undue influence over Zuma’s administration and state companies — known locally as “state capture.” Zuma was forced by the ruling African National Congress to resign as president this year and was succeeded by Cyril Ramaphosa as the allegations continued to build.

The Gupta brothers — Ajay, Atul and Rajesh — have since left South Africa, while Duduzane Zuma has been charged with bribery related to the Jonas meeting. The former president has denied he was influenced by others and is challenging separate graft charges related to an arms deal in the 1990s.

Jonas also told the inquiry that the Hawks police unit had said they intended to block the investigation into the alleged bribe, and that he had refused to sign a pre-written statement handed to him by members of the specialised anti-corruption unit.

© 2018 Bloomberg


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Difficult to know who to believe these days….and the taxpayer is so anethitised by all this that we are all just shaking our heads and wondering how to protect ourselves and our hard earned assets.
And still no one can say where the Guptas are and why they haven’t been extradited to stand trail in this country, seeing that they are South African citizens. And the Mugabes, the Zumas etc etc don’t give a rats arse – laughing all the way to their safety deposit boxes in Dubai, waiting for the gold price to improve.
In my opinion.

*** An no one in jail yet? ***

So now what!? Zuptas deny what Jonas is saying? So how do you prove it actually happened? And if NPA are still captured, then what next!??
The mere fact that the Guptas fled the country tells me something! If they were innocent as claimed, then why flee the country?

A bright light being shone into the dark soul of the gangster-cadre-kleptocracy that runs the ruling party no differently to any other organised crime organisation. Mandela would weep if he were alive. The ANC is not a political party, it a quite simply a mafia.

…and Cyril was blissfully unaware….

…..and when Cyril woke up his coffee was cold….

to buzzy fly fishing in Dullstroom, and visiting game auctions, maybe a buffalo or two, for his “productive” game farm.

Mandela was no saint . he called around to rich
white capitalist asking for R2mil from each saying he needed R50mil for his family trust. when he only raised R25mil he was highly pissed off- google it if u do’nt believe me

And to think, that the majority of the “gangster-cadre-kleptocracy” are still in their seats today. Surely they must have been aware of this and as such were cognisant and therefore complicit in all of this. What great election campaign material this is for the ruling party.

Mabuza , Magashule , Duarte….etc..etc

….cannot make up my mind if they were stoned or just stupid….

“But, generally, the law is made by one man or one class of men. And since law cannot operate without the sanction and support of a dominating force, this force must be entrusted to those who make the laws.

This fact, combined with the fatal tendency that exists in the heart of man to satisfy his wants with the least possible effort, explains the almost universal perversion of the law. Thus it is easy to understand how law, instead of checking injustice, becomes the invincible weapon of injustice. It is easy to understand why the law is used by the legislator to destroy in varying degrees among the rest of the people, their personal independence by slavery, their liberty by oppression, and their property by plunder. This is done for the benefit of the person who makes the law, and in proportion to the power that he holds.” Bastiat “The Law”

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