JOHANNESBURG: He says he and Hlongwane met Jonas to address blackmail claims allegedly made by him.
Duduzane Zuma says he played the role only of a spectator and mediator in a controversial meeting between businessman Fana Hlongwane and former deputy finance minister, Mcebisi Jonas.
Zuma’s affidavit has been released by the state capture commission.
In it he states that he, Hlongwane and Jonas did go to the Gupta residence, but that Rajesh Gupta only popped his head into the lounge, and did not participate in discussions.
He says he and Hlongwane met Jonas to address blackmail claims allegedly made by him.
Duduzane is the only person who has been criminally charged in connection with Jonas’s claims that he was offered 600-million rand to take over as finance minister and do the Gupta family’s bidding.
Jonas has claimed that a Gupta brother threatened to kill him if he revealed the alleged offer.
The commission is yet to set a date for Zuma and Hlongwane’s lawyers to cross-examine Jonas.