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Mcebisi Jonas: “Guptas said they’d kill me” and four other bombshell revelations

Testifying at the state capture inquiry on Friday, Mcebisi Jonas didn’t just spill the beans. He tipped the entire shelf over.

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As Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo and his team begin their dive into the murky waters of state capture, we were treated to some bombshell testimony from Mcebisi Jonas.

TimesLive report that Jonas even faced death threats from the Gupta brothers, if he did not comply with their demand.

The former deputy finance minister is seen as one of the most vital witnesses to the state’s prosecution case. He was the first whistleblower of significant authority to call the Guptas out for their rampant looting of the state.

Mcebisi Jonas and his state capture testimony

The billionaires even wanted to offer Jonas R600 million to take the position of finance minister in 2015, trying to tempt him with a bribe which would allow them to continue with their plundering.

Jonas, a man of stern integrity, refused their offer and eventually went public with his claims. However, what he relayed to the commission on Friday might have even taken the most hardcore Gupta-cynic by surprise.

During his testimony, Jonas revealed that Ajay Gupta had threatened to kill him if he reported this infamous meeting to the authorities.

Hawks capture

There were plenty more beans to be spilt, however. Jonas also went on to reveal that Hawks chief Major-General Zinhle Mnonopi had implored the deputy to “kill” a corruption case against the Guptas. He said that the crime-fighting outfit were fully compromised by Gupta influence.

“We are in control”

Although we’ve all suspected it over the years, it was still quite harrowing to hear just how arrogant the Guptas were about their corrupt activity. Mcebisi Jonas told the hearing that Ajay was more than happy to boast about the institutions under their control.

“He said you must understand that we are in control, of everything. The National Prosecuting Authority, the Hawks, the National Intelligence Agency, and the old man will do anything that we tell him to do.”

Why was Nhlanhla Nene fired?

When ex-Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene was fired in 2015, his deputy testified that this was because he did not approve of the nuclear deal. The trillion-rand brainchild of Jacob Zuma and Russian ministers didn’t seem to please many in South Africa, and it has since been quashed by Cyril Ramaphosa.

“Old man” Zuma

Still, there was time for one comical – if not farcical – revelation, too. Jonas says that the Guptas frequently referred to Jacob Zuma as “the old man“, and claimed he was someone who would do anything they said. The disrespect of Msholozi is palpable, but their blatant disregard for ordinary South Africans really was no joke.