Finance minister Nhlanhla Nene was fired by former president Jacob Zuma from the position in December 2015 because he refused to give in to the nuclear deal, former finance deputy minister Mcebisi Jonas says. Jonas started his testimony to the state capture commission of inquiry on Friday.

He described in fine detail how the Guptas offered him the post of finance minister in a meeting facilitated by businessman Fana Hlongwane and Zuma’s son, Duduzane. Jonas was told by Ajay Gupta in the meeting where he offered him the job that they saw National Treasury as a "stumbling block", and that they would require of him when he was made finance minister to remove Lungisa Fuzile, Treasury director-general at the time, as well as the procurement chief at the time, Kenneth Brown, current deputy director-general Ismail Momoniat, and Andrew Donaldson, a former deputy director-general.

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