Finance minister: I've never been courted by the Guptas

Pravin Gordhan has confirmed he’s never met with or been courted by the controversial family.

Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - As Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan refuses to answer on whether the Gupta family offered Deputy Minister Mcebisi Jonas the Finance Department, he has confirmed never having met or been courted by the controversial family.

Yesterday, Gordhan refused to deny the claims in The Sunday Times that Jonas was offered the finance minister position by the Gupta family before President Jacob Zuma fired Nhlanhla Nene.

The paper said African National Congress Deputy Secretary General Jessie Duarte also offered Jonas the job.

The minster was reporting back on his investor roadshow last week.

He refused to say whether he knew Jonas had been offered the job.

"My silence tells it all."

The minister was also asked whether he'd met the Gupta family socially.

"The answer is no. I am a very quiet person. I stick to my corner."

RATINGS AGENCIES & HAWKS

At the same time, Gordhan says ratings agencies are interested in one major issue.

"We do have the ability and the willingness to pay. We have a very sustainable depth trajectory from this point onward."

He's also accused the Hawks of leaking information in a bid to malign him.

Gordhan says he wants to know why someone at the Hawks is leaking the institution's letters to him about a controversial South African Revenue Service (Sars) unit that he helped create.

On Sunday, the Sunday Independent said the Hawks had given him until yesterday afternoon to answer 27 questions about the unit.

But Gordhan says that letter published by the paper was actually an old letter and that he had already responded to it; saying he wouldn't be able to make today's deadline.

He says it's wrong that this communication is being presented in this.