“If I were to one day suggest that this meeting had occurred, they will destroy my political career. I understood him to be creating the perception that they had information on me that they would use to destroy my political career if I revealed that the meeting had taken place”.
The Gupta brother was “talking like a radio”.
“I asked him directly what was the purpose of the meeting. Mr Gupta said the old man, referring to the President, seemed to like me and that they have called me to check me out and to see “whether you can work with us”.
“He also said that the President is going to fire Nene because he could not work with them.”
Jonas said he made it clear he was “not interested in becoming the minister of finance”. He said Duduzane and Hlongwane were “in the room, but just kept quiet, like they don’t exist”.
The Gupta brother then said “emphatically that I must become the minister of finance, because this is what we want, but I would have to work with them”.
“If I worked with them, I could become very rich and they could offer me six hundred million”.
He said the Gupta brother claimed that the family “worked closely with (former public enterprises minister) Lynne Brown and (former Eskom CEO) Brian Molefe, and as a result they were protected”.
“He said Mr Molefe is very safe, and his career path is very clear, and that nobody would touch him, and I would be safe too.”