Jonas had initially claimed that he had met with Ajay on the afternoon of October 23 2015‚ when he said Ajay tried to bribe him to accept then finance minister Nhlanhla Nene’s post. He later admitted in his testimony to the Zondo inquiry that he may have been mistaken‚ and could have met with Rajesh instead.
Jonas described in his evidence how a Gupta brother told him that the family was “in control of everything” and Zuma would do anything they told him to.
“He said you must understand that we are in control of everything. The National Prosecuting Authority‚ the Hawks‚ the National Intelligence Agency and the old man will do anything that we tell him to do‚” Jonas testified.
He also revealed that this Gupta brother – who he says was either Ajay or Rajesh – threatened to kill him if he disclosed that the family had met with him‚ and tried to bribe him to take the finance minister position.
This threat was made within earshot of Duduzane and Hlongwane‚ Jonas said.