South Africa's deputy finmin says rejected finmin role offered by Gupta family

March 16, 2016 3:38 PM

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JOHANNESBURG, March 16 South Africa's deputy Finance Minister Mcebisi Jonas said he rejected an offer by a wealthy family with close links to President Jacob Zuma to take up the position of finance minister to replace former finance minister Nhlanhla Nene.

"Members of the Gupta family offered me the position of Minister of Finance to replace then Minister (Nhlanhla) Nene," Jonas said in a statement. "I rejected this out of hand. The basis of my rejection of their offer is that it makes a mockery of our hard earned democracy, the trust of our people an...

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