Former cabinet minister Ngoako Ramatlhodi also testified that Zuma had insisted on a meeting with him after he was appointed mineral resources minister in May 2014. At the meeting, Zuma wanted Ramatlhodi to meet the Guptas to explain rumours that he had been badmouthing members of the family.
Zuma was also said to have been present at a meeting where former deputy finance minister Mcebisi Jonas was allegedly offered the job of finance minister, as well as a R600m bribe, by the Gupta family. This was apparently in exchange for doing the family's bidding once he took office.
In March, former Denel CEO Riaz Saloojee admitted he attended three meetings with members of the Gupta family at the behest of their business ally, Salim Essa, within the first six months of his appointment at the state-owned armaments company. In one of those meetings at the Guptas' Saxonwold, Johannesburg, home, Zuma was said to have been present. It was there that Saloojee was allegedly pressured to facilitate business deals between Denel and Gupta-linked businesses.