“When these rumours started to surface‚ Mr Hlongwane‚ in discussion with me‚ decided to set up a meeting with Mr Jonas in an attempt to clear it up‚ as Mr Jonas also in his discussions with Mr Hlongwane wanted to know from me directly where these rumours were spreading or coming from‚” he stated in an affidavit filed at the Zondo Commission.
He said that the trio agreed to meet at the Hyatt hotel in Rosebank on October 23 2015. Duduzane said Hlongwane had‚ however‚ telephonically asked to move the meeting to a “private venue of our choice”‚ and he and Jonas agreed to do so.
According to Duduzane‚ “Mr Jonas requested to rather travel with me in my car‚ leaving his bodyguards behind at the Hyatt Hotel.”
He further claims Jonas did not object to the meeting being moved.
Duduzane said he played the role of spectator and “mediator” at the Saxonwold meeting‚ and claims that – during discussions between Jonas and Hlongwane – Rajesh Gupta briefly entered the room to talk to him.