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Guptas say Jonas must prove allegations

Wednesday 16 March 2016 21:55

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Some political parties in Parliament say they will approach the police to investigate an admission by the Deputy Finance Minister that the Gupta family offered him the job of Finance Minister.

Some political parties in Parliament say they will approach the police to investigate an admission by the Deputy Finance Minister that the Gupta family offered him the job of Finance Minister. (SABC)

The Gupta family has challenged Deputy Minister Mcebisi Jonas to provide a full account of his meeting with them in a court of law.
In a statement, the family calls Jonas' statement political point scoring between rival factions in the ANC.

Jonas told the SABC that the family offered him the position of Finance Minister provided he clears the nuclear deal.

The family says the latest revelations from Jonas are little more political point scoring. They said the same thing of former ANC MP Vytjie Mentor's similar allegations.

The family also accuse Jonas of covering up and diverting attention away from his own relationships and practices. They have also questioned his ethical standards.

After news broke in the Sunday papers, Jonas has not been silent on accusations that he was offered the position of then Minister Nhanhla Nene - an offer that he had refused.

Opposition parties have expressed concern over this matter.

We need a judicial inquiry into the relationship between Zuma and Gupta...

The Freedom Front Plus has called for a judicial inquiry into the relationship between President Jacob Zuma and the Gupta family.  
FF Plus leader, Pieter Mulder, says the country needs clarity on this matter.

“We need a judicial inquiry into the relationship between Zuma and Gupta; and in case of Mr. Shabir Shaik the court found a corrupt relationship between him and the President, and I don’t want to say what this relationship is about, but let's make sure, for the benefit of all in the country.”

COPE leader, Mosioua Lekota, says his party will approach the police to investigate the matter. Lekota says the President is not fit to hold office.

“This latest really tips things over. As COPE, we are going to approach security services of our country. There must be arrests
effected to save the nation. We cannot afford another day with someone in office of President, who freed himself of his oath of office.”

The DA's Spokesperson on Finance, David Maynier, says he will open a case of corruption.

“The Deputy Minister was offered gratification, in our view prima facie evidence… charge of corruption in terms of prevention of corruption act… so this matter investigated. At the end the day, this goes to the heart of corruption in SA.”

The ANC says it will decisively deal with allegations that the Gupta family is inappropriately influencing its leadership.

Spokesperson Zizi Kodwa says the matter will be discussed at this weekend's National Executive Council. Kodwa says the party wants to restore confidence in the party.

“It must act in such a manner that the message is unequivocal, and this message must be visible to the blind and audible to the deaf. That it can’t be found that the ANC, from a point of view of principle there is a suggestion that a certain one family, or this and that has captured the leadership of the ANC. It is that which we suggest that the ANC over this weekend must come out very clear on these allegations, including those that have been confirmed that it must restore its confidence, its credibility among the South African people.”

See statement by Deputy Minister of Finance, Mcebisi Jonas below:

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