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Ajay Gupta has de­nied meet­ing Mce­bisi Jonas, call­ing the deputy fi­nance min­is­ter “bla­tantly dis­hon­est”.

Jonas made head­lines last year with an al­le­ga­tion that he was of­fered the fi­nance min­is­ter’s job at a meet­ing at the Gup­tas’ home in Sax­on­wold in Oc­to­ber 2015.

Ajay also claims that Jonas’ own tes­ti­mony to then Pub­lic Pro­tec­tor Thuli Madon­sela con­tra­dicts the pub­lic al­le­ga­tions. He said he was not at lib­erty to share in what way the tes­ti­mony was con­tra­dic­tory, but added that the Pub­lic Pro­tec­tor was free to re­lease the ev­i­dence she had.

Gupta got Duduzane Zuma, one of Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma’s sons, as well as Fana Hlong­wane, who were at a meet­ing with Jonas that day, to swear in sep­a­rate af­fi­davits that he was not there.

Both th­ese af­fi­davits have a typ­ing er­ror that shows the meet­ing was held in Oc­to­ber 2017.

The af­fi­davits were filed in the case brought by Fi­nance Min­is­ter Pravin Gord­han to get the courts to de­clare that he could not in­ter­vene in the Gup­tas’ bank­ing trou­bles.

Gupta said he was “dis­turbed by al­le­ga­tions he [Gord­han] pre­sented as fact with­out even at­tempt­ing to ob­tain a con­fir­ma­tory af­fi­davit from his deputy, who is, in all like­li­hood, oc­cu­py­ing an of­fice right next to him”.

Gupta said it “is ev­i­dent that the ‘in­ci­dent’ with Mr Mce­bisi Jonas was cre­ated in or­der to sup­port the wave of ad­verse me­dia at­ten­tion”. The in­ci­dent “never oc­curred”, he re­peat­edly stated. “Let me ... clearly and un­am­bigu­ously state un­der oath that I have never met Mr Mce­bisi Jonas.”

van Rens­burg – De­wald

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