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Malema calls on Mbalula to admit the Guptas offered him his job

Julius Malema first made the claim in his post-Sona debate speech in Parliament last month.

FILE: Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema has once again, on Twitter, claimed Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula was offered his current position by the Gupta family in 2010.

Malema first made the claim in his post-State of the Nation debate speech in Parliament last month, and today he called on Mbalula to "do the right thing" and admit to the nation he was offered the job by the controversial family.

Hope @MbalulaFikile will also confirm that he was offered the sports ministry by the Gupta's & unlike Jonas he accepted it& complained later

But the sports minister is not letting Malema get away with these claims this time.

He hit back in a series of tweets, calling Malema's claims "provocation".

He has also denied being offered the sports ministry post by any member of the Gupta family.

Malema's call to Mbalula follows former African National Congress (ANC) Member of Parliament (MP) Vytjie Mentor's confession on Facebook yesterday that she was offered a ministerial job, also by the Guptas.

I chaired the ANC National Parliamentary Caucus when President Zuma was a Deputy President. He sat next to me and spoke...

Posted by Vytjie Mentor on Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Today, Deputy Finance Minister Mcebisi Jonas also confirmed that he was offered the position of finance minister by a member of the Gupta family - an offer he says he rejected out of hand.

The Gupta family has on numerous occasions denied the allegations that they had offered people ministerial posts in return for certain conditions.