South Africa's Deputy Finance Minister Mcebisi Jonas (R) and Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan arrive for a media briefing in Pretoria in this Dec. 14, 2015 file photo. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko/Files
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A senior South African government official said Wednesday that a wealthy family close to President Jacob Zuma offered him a Cabinet position, a revelation that added to mounting corruption allegations against the president.Deputy Finance Minister Mcebisi Jonas said that members of the Gupta family, which has extensive business interests in South Africa, asked him to replace Nhlanhla Nene, who was sacked in December in a move that rattled markets and raised questions about Zuma's leadership.The Guptas, a wealthy immigrant Indian family, have come under scrutiny from the South African media and opposition parties who say the family enjoys an unethical relationship with Zuma and the ruling African National Congress.Jonas' revelation followed a front page report by the Sunday Times, a South African newspaper, alleging that two brothers, Atul and Ajay Gupta, along with Zuma's son, offered Jonas the post of finance minister before Nene was fired.Zuma removed Nene, replacing him with a relatively unknown legislator, but the public outcry and negative financial reaction brought Zuma to quickly replace him with Pravin Gordhan, who had held the post from 2009 to 2014 .
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