Jonas told 'Martyrdom is best left to Christ' before Guptas expos


eNCA speaks to ANC spokesperson, Zizi Kodwa about the statement that was put out by the deputy finance minister. PICTURED: Mcebisi Jonas

JOHANNESBURG - Deputy Finance Minister Mcebisi was allegedly threatened before he revealed that the Gupta family offered him the position of Finance Minister.

Jonas confirmed on Wednesday that the Guptas approached him for the position to replace then minister Nhlanhla Nene.

According to the Business Day newspaper, the minister received a text message while preparing a statement.

While working on it, Mr Jonas received a text message saying: “Please keep your own counsel. Martyrdom is best left to Christ.” 

“Let me state the facts on the matter of whether I was approached by nongovernmental individuals in respect of the position of Minister of Finance. Members of the Gupta family offered me the position of Minister of Finance to replace then Minister Nene,” Jonas said on Wednesday.

The Guptas, however have denied Jonas&39;s claims.

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