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Treasury denies leaking the Jonas job offer story

The Treasury denied claims that its officials are behind reports about a job offered to Mcebisi Jonas.

New Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan addressed the media flanked by his deputy Mcebisi Jonas and the Reserve Bank Governor Lesetja Kganyago in Pretoria. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.
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JOHANNESBURG - The National Treasury has denied its officials are behind claims that African National Congress (ANC) Deputy Secretary General Jessie Duarte offered Mcebisi Jonas the position of finance minister, after he reportedly rejected a similar offer from the Gupta family.

The Sunday Times this weekend reported that Jonas was offered the job by Duarte a week after he told the Guptas he would not accept a deal that would see him replace Nhlanhla Nene.

The ANC says the story is baseless and Duarte will submit her phone records to prove that no offer was made to Jonas.

Treasury is yet to deny that the meeting between the Gupta family and Jonas took place.

Instead, it says its officials did not leak any story suggesting that Jonas was offered the top finance position by Duarte.

In a statement released in the last hour, the Treasury says it's concerned that the Sunday Times relied on anonymous sources.

It also says that should it be proved wrong, it will take disciplinary action against any official.

The reports suggests that Jonas was offered the position shortly before Nene was fired by President Jacob Zuma. 

Nene was suddenly fired in December, a week after he told the South African Airways Chair Dudu Myeni she should not go ahead with a planned new deal with Airbus. 

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)

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