Deputy Chief Justice Ray Zondo is heading the commission of inquiry into state capture in South Africa. Picture: EPA-EFE
The Zondo Commission of Inquiry is hearing testimony related to allegations of state capture by the Gupta family.


The commission, which is chaired by Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo, has already heard explosive testimony from former deputy finance minister Mcebisi Jonas who recounted how he was offered the position of finance minister by one of the Gupta brothers. 

“Mr Gupta said I must become the minister of finance because that’s what 'we want' and that I would have to work with them. He also said that if I would work with them, I would become very rich and that he could immediately offer me R600 million. He pointed at Mr Duduzane (Zuma) and said they made him a billionaire and that he had bought a house in Dubai. He said they work with a number of people including Lynne Brown and Brian Molefe, and as a result, they were protected,” Jonas told the commission.

Another witness, former ANC MP Vytjie Mentor, also testified that she was offered a Cabinet post by a Gupta brother in exchange for shutting down SAA's India route.

This week, the commission resumes with the acting head of the Government Communication and Information System (GCIS), Phumla Williams, continuing her testimony. On Friday she revealed that she had received a text message from Gupta associate and former government spokesman Mzwanyele Manyi instructing her to change her testimony.

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