Former deputy finance minister Mcebisi Jonas took the stand during the state capture inquiry and he gave South Africans all the juicy details.
Jonas made some jaw-dropping revelations during his testimony on Friday, including what happened during the meeting between him, Ajay Gupta and Zuma's controversial son in 2015, TimesLIVE reported.
So, Briefly.co.za gathered seven shocking statements Jonas made during his testimony.
1. Jonas never knew he had been sacked
According to the former deputy finance minister, he never received confirmation of his removal, adding he learned he had been fired while watching TV.
2. The Guptas' CIA had intelligence on him and others
“He said that ‘we have been gathering intelligence on you’ including those closest to you such as my friend Rasta Mohommed and my chief of staff. He described both as being poor and useless.
“He emphasized that they, which I understood to be the Gupta family, had the ability to gather such information and that they had gathered a lot of information on me which they could use against me.”
3. Jonas feared for his life
Jonas claimed the Guptas threatened to destroy his political career if he ever spoke about the 2015 meeting.
And, in the end "Mr Gupta" reminded Jonas they had information on him and if he opened his mouth he would be dealt with.
"Mr Gupta said they had information on me and that if I suggested that the meeting had occurred, they would kill me," he said.
4. The Guptas knew about Zuma's plans to sack Nhlanhla Nene
According to Jonas, the Guptas told him they knew the "old man", aka Zuma, planned on firing Nene, and they wanted to know if he would be able to "work with them".
“He also said that the president was going to fire Mr Nene because he could not work with them. I understood this again to be a reference to the Gupta family,” Jonas was quoted saying.
5. The Guptas owned Zuma
Jonas said 'Mr Gupta' told him their family contolled everything- the NPA, Hawks and National Intelligence Agency.
According to Jonas, the Guptas told Zuma did whatever they instructed him to do.
6. The Guptas made Duduzane Zuma a very rich man
Jonas said the Guptas offered him R600m right away if he agreed to work with them. The Guptas allegedly used Duduzane as an example of the power they have to make people rich.
“He pointed at Mr Duduzane and said that they had made him a billionaire and that he had bought a house in Dubai. He said they had worked closely with a number of people, including Lynn Brown and Brian Molefe. As a result, they were protected. In other words, those that work for them are protected.”
7. The Gupta family scored R6 billion from the fiscus
“He said that, at the moment we – and I understood him to mean the Gupta family – earn about R6-billion from the fiscus through various entities including Eskom, Transnet and government departments. He said they wanted to increase this amount to R8-billion and that they thought I could be helpful in this regard," he said.
Jonas added: “Mr Gupta said they had determined that the National Treasury was a stumbling block for their growth and that they wanted to and again, I quote: “to clean up Treasury”.
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