Zuma’s son Duduzane has implicated his father in his affidavit. He  said that the infamous meeting at the Guptas’ Saxonwold compound with former president Zuma’s former deputy finance minister Mcebisi Jonas was to “clear up” rumours that controversial arms deal adviser and businessman Fana Hlongwane was blackmailing Jonas.

In a sworn statement submitted to the commission of inquiry into state capture, the former president’s son said “categorically” that, at no point during the meeting, was the position of finance minister offered to Jonas nor any threat made on his life.

The affidavit — setting out Duduzane’s version of events — dated September 2 was deposed to support his application to cross-examine Jonas. The application has been granted and it is expected that both Jonas and Zuma will be grilled on their versions, which are very different.

According to Duduzane, he met Jonas at the Hyatt hotel on the afternoon of October 23 2015, because “rumours were surfacing in general that Mr Jonas allegedly claimed that Mr Hlongwane blackmailed him (Jonas) in some or other manner. These rumours were regarded as very serious.”