Ajay Gupta has denied ever meeting former deputy finance minister Mcebisi Jonas in October 2015, and offering him a bribe and the job of finance minister, calling the claim an "intentional fabrication". Gupta has been at the centre of state capture allegations with three witnesses, Jonas, former ANC MP Vytjie Mentor and former government spokesperson Themba Maseko, claiming that he had met with them. In an affidavit submitted to the state capture inquiry, Gupta alleged that on October 23 — the day he was said to have met with Jonas — he was at Oakbay’s offices in Sandton. He said Oakbay CEO Ronica Ragavan and other employees could confirm his alibi. Gupta said he had also handed over his cellphone records to former public protector Thuli Madonsela, when she was investigating allegations of state capture.

In 2016 Jonas made a public statement that he was offered a R600m bribe and the job of finance minister. He alleged that former president Jacob Zuma’s son Duduzane and controv...

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