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DA, EFF demand clarity over Gupta, Minister Jonas claims

Reports say Deputy Finance Minister Mcebisi Jonas was offered the National Treasury’s top job by the Guptas.

Picture: EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Explosive claims by the Financial Times newspaper that Deputy Finance Minister Mcebisi Jonas was offered the National Treasury's top job by the Guptas have come under the spotlight in Parliament.

National Treasury is not commenting on the report, which says Jonas met with the Guptas weeks before former finance minister Nhlanhla Nene's axing by President Jacob Zuma.

The London-based newspaper reported that the Guptas denied the claim that, before Des van Rooyen's appointment to replace Nene, they had asked Jonas if he was interested in the post at a meeting at their home.

Zuma was forced to hastily replace van Rooyen with Pravin Gordhan after the economy nosedived.

The Democratic Alliance (DA)'s calling for Jonas to make a public statement on the matter.

In the National Assembly this afternoon, the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) also raised red flags.

EFF Member of Parliament Sipho Mbatha said, "We take the opportunity to warn the ANC to cleanse itself of this demonic tendency of allowing our country to be run by a corrupt family."

The DA's David Maynier added, "The deputy minister should clarify whether indeed he met the Guptas and if he did meet the Guptas, whether he discussed the top position in the National Treasury, and whether he was offered a financial inducement."

Maynier has submitted parliamentary questions about the claim.