Former Deputy Finance Minister Mcebisi Jonas gestures ahead of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry probing state capture in Johannesburg.
JOHANNESBURG - Former Deputy Finance Minister Mcebisi Jonas has made shocking allegations against one of the Gupta brothers.
He also says the Gupta brother detailed how much money the family was making from the state and that he expected Jonas could help them boost their billions.
One of the brothers told him that Zuma was going to fire Nhlanhla Nene, the finance minister, because "he (Nene) could not work with the Guptas". The Gupta brother then offered to make Jonas finance minister, Jonas said.
"The pressure on us from the former president (Jacob Zuma) and other cabinet members to approve the nuclear deal was immense," Jonas testified.
"It was ultimately what triggered Nene's dismissal on 9 December 2015 after he again refused to back the deal at the cabinet meeting on that day."
Zuma fired Nene, replacing him with unknown parliamentary backbencher Des van Rooyen.
He was forced to sack van Rooyen and reappoint a previous finance minister, Pravin Gordhan, four days later after the rand currency plunged, reflecting market jitters.
- Additional reporting Reuters