- Former deputy finance minister Mcebisi Jonas will take the stand at the Commission of Inquiry into State Capture on Friday
- He is expected to tell the commission about the alleged bribe offered to him by the Gupta family to fill the role of finance minister after Nhlanhla Nene was axed in December 2015
- Jonas will also recount how Ajay Gupta allegedly threatened to have him killed if he ever made the bribe public
Former deputy finance minister Mcebisi Jonas will on Friday deliver his highly-anticipated testimony at the Commission of Inquiry into State Capture. Jonas is expected to recount how he was bribed by the Guptas’ and how Ajay Gupta allegedly threatened to have him killed if he ever went public.
Jonas will become the second witness to testify at the inquiry which is headed by Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo. Jonas is expected to give a full account of the meeting between himself and the Guptas’ in October 2015.
Jonas is credited with being the first high-ranking government official to speak out against what has become known as state capture. His testimony to former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela led to the damning report by her office entitled “The State of Capture.”
Briefly.co.za gathered that Jonas alleges he was scheduled to meet with former president Jacob Zuma’s son Duduzane in October 2015. He was taken by Zuma to the Gupta home in Saxonwold where he claims a disturbing meeting took place.
Jonas said he met with a person whom he believed was Ajay Gupta and was effectively interviewed to see if he would be a suitable replacement for Nhlanhla Nene and would be willing to become a foot soldier for the family.
TimesLive.co.za reported Jonas was so disturbed by the meeting that he considered resigning from public office. Jonas said the only reason he decided to remain in government was because of the intervention of Pravin Gordhan.
Gordhan convinced Jonas to stay in government in order to best serve the interest of the people of the country.
Jonas said he spoke to Nene in the days after the meeting and warned Nene that he was going to be fired as finance minister.
Jonas and Gordhan were infamously fired by Zuma in March 2017 and since then Jonas has gone on to become a leading advocate against the phenomenon of state capture.
Jonas has worked with academia, conducted research and even resigned as a Member of Parliament in order to write various papers on how best to identify and combat the scourge that is state capture.
The Gupta family denied having ever met with Jonas.
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