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Hlongwane: I have no relationship with President Zuma

The businessman was interviewed by Thuli Madonsela as part of her probe into state capture.

Former arms deal consultant and defence advisor, Fana Hlongwane, testified at the Seriti Commission of Inquiry on 11 December 2014. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG – Controversial businessman Fana Hlongwane was interviewed by former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela as part of her probe into state capture.

Madonsela’s report State of Capture was released on Wednesday after an order by the Pretoria High Court.

Below is an unedited extract from the State of Capture report dealing with Madonsela’s interview with Hlongwane:

5.27. I interviewed Mr Hlongwane on 11 October 2016 and he confirmed the above statements. In addition, Mr Hlongwane stated the following:

a) He provided Mr D. Zuma with Mr Jonas number for purposes of inviting him to the “SATY” awards;

b) He had known Mr D. Zuma for a while and he is an “uncle” to him;

c) He had also known Mr Jonas as a friend and comrade;

d) He has no relationship with President Zuma;

e) Member of the Gupta family are his casual acquaintances and he does not have a business relationship with them;

f) He confirmed that the meeting between Mr Jonas, Mr D. Zuma and him took place at the Gupta family residence in Saxonwold on 23 October 2015;

g) He denies that Mr Jonas was offered a Cabinet post during the meeting; and

h) He also denies that he drove Mr Jonas to the airport and that they had agreed to have a further meeting.

Read the Public Protector's full 'State of Capture' report below:

State Capture Report 2016 by Primedia Broadcasting on Scribd