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ANC demands 'Sunday Times' publish apology to Jessie Duarte

The paper claimed Duarte allegedly offered Mcebisi Jonas the post of finance minister before Nene was sacked.

'Sunday Times' headline of the report that the Gupta family offered Mcebisi Jonas the finance minister and then ANC says Deputy Secretary General Jessie Duarte also made him the same offer. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The African National Congress (ANC) has demanded that the Sunday Times publicly apologise to Deputy Secretary General Jessie Duarte for its article claiming she allegedly offered Mcebisi Jonas the post of finance minister.

The ruling party has submitted a joint complaint to the Press Ombudsman against the paper.

The article said President Jacob Zuma's son Duduzane was present when members of the Gupta family offered Jonas then Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene's job.

It further states that Jonas had been offered the position twice; first by the Guptas at a Sandton hotel in November, and again a few days later by Duarte.

The ANC has accused the Sunday Times of undermining the authority of President Jacob Zuma and challenging Duarte's reputation.

The party's Khusela Sangoni says the ANC is demanding that the newspaper publish an apology in its next edition.

"We are calling on the Sunday Times to apologise to the DSG as well as the organisation."

But Sunday Times Editor Bongani Siqoko says they stand by their decision to publish the article titled 'How the Guptas shopped for finance minister'.

"We're confident of our sources and and we will defend ourselves at the press council."

Meanwhile, there have been more calls for the Gupta family to be summoned to Parliament following claims they tried to offer a former ANC Member of Parliament the position of public enterprises minister.