Zuma: Jonas was not bribed

Date: Oct 8, 2019

Duduzane: Jonas was not bribed

Duduzane Zuma, son of former president Jacob Zuma, is adamant that he arranged a meeting with former deputy finance minister Mcebisi Jonas and businessman Fana Hlongwane to broker a truce between the two comrades and not to bring Jonas into a state capture ambit.

Duduzane appeared before deputy chief justice Raymond Zondo, who chairs the inquiry, after applying for leave to cross-examine Jonas and Hlongwane following allegations before the commission which implicated the younger Zuma in an alleged Gupta plot to capture the finance ministry.

Jonas went public and then testified at the commission in August 2018 that Duduzane had taken him to the Gupta family’s Saxonwold compound where Ajay Gupta had offered him R600m to accept the position of finance minister to replace Nhlanhla Nene as part of the state capture project.

While Duduzane confirmed arranging a meeting with Jonas and Hlongwane on October 23 2015, he claimed it had nothing to do with the Guptas and was aimed at discussing a rumour that Hlongwane had blackmailed Jonas.

After Duduzane and Jonas met at the Hyatt Hotel in Rosebank, Duduzane took Jonas to the Gupta family compound in Saxonwold because he felt the Hyatt was too crowded.

Jonas earlier testified Duduzane wanted to drive to a quieter place and that when he got into Duduzane’s car, he had no idea where they were going.

“So he just jumped into my car and decided he was going to go where I was going to take him” asked Duduzane rhetorically, answering his own question with the statement that Jonas “knew exactly where we were going, who we were going to meet and why”.

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