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We weren’t source of Sunday Times’ Jonas/Duarte claims – Treasury

Concerning that the newspaper regularly relies on unnamed sources and faceless people

Response to Sunday Times front page story

14 March 2016

The National Treasury would like to refute a Sunday Times report that any of its senior officials were the source of its story that insinuates that the Deputy Secretary General of the African National Congress Ms Jessie Duarte, offered the Deputy Minister of Finance Mr Mcebisi Jonas, the finance minister position.

It is concerning that the Sunday Times regularly relies on unnamed sources and faceless people to spread rumours and give credence to their stories. This is an issue we have raised previously with the publication to no avail. We challenge the Sunday Times to back up their claim and provide proof of such a source.

Should such proof be provided, appropriate action against such officials will be taken.

Issued by National Treasury, 14 March 2016