Duarte turns to lawyers after alleged ties to Gupta-Nene plot

It’s being reported Mcebisi Jonas was offered the finance minister post by the Guptas then by Jessie Duarte.

FILE: ANC Deputy Secretary General Jessie Duarte. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - African National Congress (ANC) Deputy Secretary General Jessie Duarte is seeking legal advice after being implicated in an alleged plot with the Gupta family to replace former Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene with his deputy, Mcebisi Jonas.

The Sunday Times claims Jonas was offered the post twice last year, by Duarte and a Gupta family member, but he rejected it on both occasions.

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

The ANC's Khusela Sangoni says The Sunday Times article has no substance and is based on nameless sources.

"All the individuals who are implicated in the story have denied it. Our view as the ANC is that The Sunday Times is peddling gossip."

The ANC believes the newspaper has contravened the press code and will now approach the ombudsman.

It's being reported that Jonas was offered the finance minister post, first in November by the Guptas but when he turned it down, later Duarte also made the same offer.

The ANC accuses the newspaper of presenting allegations and rumours as facts which will set a dangerous precedent.