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SACP backs Jonas amid condemnation from ANCYL, MKVA

The South African Communist Party (SACP) has come out in support of Deputy Finance Minister Mcebisi Jonas after he announced that the Gupta family had offered him the National Treasury top job.

The SACP's Solly Mapaila says Jonas did what was expected of him and has called for his immediate protection from threats, intimidation or political rebuttal.

We want to encourage all other comrades from the ANC or alliance, who have been approached by the Guptas to present evidence to the ANC. We hope that the NEC will create the avenue for other members to come out without intimidation.

Solly Mapaila, Second Deputy General Secretary

Listen to the full conversation from The Midday Report with Stephen Grootes:

Meanwhile the ANC Youth League's (ANCYL) Mlondi Mkhize says Jonas went about his announcement in the wrong manner and has questioned the intentions and timing of the revelation.

What he did was wrong, not because of what he said, but because of the platform he chose - the media.

Mlondi Mkhize, ANCYL Spokesperson

Umkhonto we Sizwe Military Veterans Association's (MKVA) chair Kebby Maphatsoe agrees that Jonas did not behave appropriately and said media reports are not helping the country.

Why did he keep quiet for such a long time? Now when he is exposed by the media, then he wants to come out and be a victim.

Kebby Maphatsoe, MKVA Chairperson

Listen to the full conversation from The Midday Report with Stephen Grootes:

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