DA wants answers over alleged Gupta power to appoint top Treasury job

The DA says it wants answers on whether the deputy minister of finance, Mcebisi Jonas, met with the Gupta family to discuss the top post at the National Treasury.

It follows a report in the Financial Times that the Guptas, who have strong business links with president Jacob Zuma, allegedly met with Jonas to ask him if he wanted to become minister.

The paper reported that Jonas turned down the offer, leading to president Zuma sacking then finance minister, Nhlanhla Nene, and replacing him with back-bencher, Des van Rooyen.

The FT published an article under the headline ‘South Africa: The power of the family business’.

“There have been an extraordinary number of allegations around the Gupta family in recent weeks, several of which have involved the finance ministry,” a Gupta family spokesman told the FT. “To be absolutely clear: there was no meeting at all.”

“We are business people and we have nothing to do with politics,” said Ajay Gupta, in a recent interview with the FT.

The Treasury and Mr Jonas declined to comment, neither denying nor confirming the existence of the meeting, the paper said.

David Maynier, DA shadow minister of finance, said it is imperative that Jonas breaks his silence and makes an urgent public statement clarifying:

  • Whether he met members of the Gupta family and discussed the top post at the National Treasury; and
  • Whether he was offered a financial inducement by members of the Gupta family.

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DA wants answers over alleged Gupta power to appoint top Treasury job