Guptas: Jonas claims are ‘political point scoring among ANC rivals'

The Gupta family has strongly denied the claims saying that Atul Gupta was out of the country at the time.

FILE: Deputy Minister of Finance Mcebisi Jonas. Picture: www.gov.za

JOHANNESBURG - The Gupta family has vehemently denied Deputy Finance Minister Mcebisi Jonas' confirmation that he was offered the position of finance minister by members of their family.

In a statement released a short while ago, Jonas also says he rejected the offer out of hand.

"Members of the Gupta family offered me the position of minister of finance to replace then Minister [Nhlanhla] Nene. I rejected this out of hand."

The Guptas have rubbished the claim and insist that Atul Gupta was out of the country at the time of the reported meeting between them.

They've also denied pervious claims that they'd offered people ministerial posts in return for certain conditions.

A Gupta family spokesperson said, "These latest allegations are just more political point scoring between rival factions within the ANC. To be clear: any suggestion that the Gupta family or any of our representatives or associates have offered anyone a job in government is totally false."

They went on to say, "We challenge Minister Jonas to provide a full account of the supposed meeting that took place, under oath, in a court of law. Minister Jonas is attempting to cover up and divert attention away from his own relationships and practices. We are confident questions about his own ethical standards will be exposed.

"We will not provide any further running commentary on what is now just a politically-motivated campaign against us."

Jonas's statement is set to cast doubt on their denials.

It is also set to lead to pressure on the position of Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane - he appears to have a relationship with the Gupta family, and was appointed suddenly with no explanation being given.

To read the deputy minister's full statement, click _ here. _

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