Interview with Mr Jonas I interviewed the Deputy Minister of Finance, Mr Mcebisi Jonas (Mr Jonas) to establish facts regarding allegations that he was offered a Cabinet post my members of the Gupta family. He informed me of the following: Mr Hlongwane, whom Mr Jonas knew very well as a comrade, initiated discussions with him about a meeting with Mr D. Zuma. He agreed to the meeting although with reservations as he was aware that Mr D. Zuma was working with members of the Gupta family for financial gain. He gave permission to Mr Hlongwane to provide his mobile number to Mr D. Zuma. On 17 October 2015, he received several text messages from Mr D. Zuma. The initial messages were about the invitation to attend the South African Awards Ceremony hosted by the Gupta family. The event was scheduled for 18 October 2015 and Mr Jonas declined the invite due to his busy schedule. On 23 October 2015, Mr Jonas agreed to meet with Mr D. Zuma. The meeting started at the Hyatt Regency hotel in Roseb...

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