Former deputy finance minister Mcebisi Jonas and former ANC MP Vytjie Mentor are the first two witnesses called at the first hearings of the Zondo commission into state capture.
The calling of the two political figures means the first evidence the commission will receive is how the Gupta family played a role in the appointment of ministers and boards to state-owned entities, during former president Jacob Zuma’s time as president of South Africa.
The commission, which was established by Zuma, will be headed up by deputy chief justice Raymond Zondo.
In a public statement released by the Treasury in March 2016, Jonas said Ajay Gupta had offered him a job as finance minister to replace Nhlanhla Nene.
During the time, Nene, who was finance minister, was fired his post in December 2015 but was later reappointed after Zuma was forced to resign as president after being recalled by the ANC in February 2018.
After the bombshell announcement by Jonas, Mentor had also alleged that the Guptas had offered her a ministerial role.
The commission had said that apart from Jonas and Mentor, the witnesses called would also include veteran Treasury staffer Willie Mathebula, former head of the Government Communication and Information System (GCIS) Themba Maseko, and Phumla Williams, the deputy director-general of the GCIS.