Gordhan mum on Jonas’ alleged job offer from Guptas

BY CHARL BOSCH - MARCH 14, 2016

Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan has reportedly declined to comment on reports by the Sunday Times that his deputy, Mcebisi Jonas, was offered the position by the government connected Gupta family and later by African National Congress (ANC) Deputy Secretary General Jessie Duarte, two weeks before the axing of Nhlanhla Nene.

Addressing the media in Johannesburg on Monday as part of a feedback session on his international investor roadshow last week, Gordhan maintained he had knowledge of the meeting between Jonas and the Guptas as alleged by the paper, and that he also had no information about a phone call Duarte made to Jonas a week after he rejected the Gupta’s offer.

Over the weekend, the paper reported that Jonas met with Ajay and Atul Gupta, as well as President Jacob Zuma’s son Duduzane, on whether he would be interested in replacing Nene, who eventually replaced by ANC backbencher David van Rooyen in a shock move that resulted in the rand sliding to lowest level on record against the US Dollar.

The allegations have so far been rejected by both Duarte and the Guptas with Treasury also denying speculation that one of its officials had been responsible for leaking the claims to the paper.