Mcebisi Jonas

Mcebisi Hubert Jonas (born 1960) is a former Deputy Finance Minister of the Government of South Africa who served from 2014 to 2016. He has also been a Member of the Executive Council for Economic Development and Environmental Affairs in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa under the Premier of the Eastern Cape Phumulo Masualle, and was a Member of the National Assembly of South Africa from 2014 to 2017.

Mcebisi Jonas
Mcebisi Hubert Jonas
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Deputy Minister of Finance
In office
26 May 2014 – 31 March 2017
PresidentJacob Zuma
Succeeded bySfiso Buthelezi
Member of the National Assembly
In office
21 May 2014 – 6 April 2017
ConstituencyEastern Cape
Personal details
Born1960 (age 59–60)
NationalitySouth African
Political partyAfrican National Congress
Spouse(s)Matshepo Jonas
Alma materVista University
Rhodes University

He graduated from Vista University with a Bachelor of Arts in History and Sociology, and a Higher Diploma in Education from Rhodes University.[1]

Jonas alleges that in 2015 the Gupta family offered him 600 million South African rand to be the next finance minister, as long as he followed their agenda.[2][3][4]

In December 2019, Jonas was appointed as the Board Chairperson of South Africa's MTN Group, a South African multinational mobile telecommunications company[5].

Early lifeEdit

Mcebisi Jonas was born in 1960 in Uitenhage in the Eastern Cape Province. He matriculated at Newewell High School in Port Elizabeth and achieved a Bachelor of Arts in History & Sociology at Vista University. He expanded his studies with a Higher Diploma in Education at Rhodes University.

When Jonas was 14, he became active in politics. He led political activities in the Port Elizabeth area and started underground structures in the Eastern Cape and beyond. He was motivated by the politics of the Black Consciousness Movement in the early 1980s and was an organiser of AZASO (Azanian Students Organisation). He played an important role in the founding of the United Democratic Front (UDF) structures in the Eastern Cape. He was later sent into exile to finish military training in Angola and Uganda for the People’s Army, Umkhonto Wesizwe (MK). While in exile, he was hired by the United Nations to run an education program for the Mkhonto Wesizwe (MK) cadres.

Upon his return in the '90s, Mr Jonas played a crucial role in creating the structures of the ANC and the SACP in the Eastern Cape. Identifying his outstanding skills, the ANC implemented him to form the new Provincial administration in the Eastern Cape in 1994. He was a member of the Eastern Cape ANC Provincial Executive Committee for two terms (1997-2004 and 2007-2009).Deputy Finance Minister

State Capture Report testimonyEdit

On 24 August 2018, during an inquiry into state capture, Mcebisi testified that the Gupta Family had informed him that former president Jacob Zuma does "whatever we say". A few days later, Finance minister Nene was fired.[6][7][8]


  1. ^ "Mcebisi Hubert Jonas - Deputy Minister of Finance, South Africa". World Bank. Retrieved 6 September 2017.
  2. ^ "South African opposition party to file criminal complaint against SAP". Reuters. Retrieved 6 September 2017.
  3. ^ "Zuma no-confidence vote: Will 'the Zuptas' fall in South Africa?". BBC News. Retrieved 6 September 2017.
  4. ^ "South Africa: from republic to oligarchy?". News24. Retrieved 6 September 2017.
  5. ^ "Mcebisi Jonas officially begins new role as MTN board chair". Fin24. 18 December 2019. Retrieved 29 December 2019.
  6. ^ State capture whistle blower Mcebisi Jonas to take stand – The Citizen
  7. ^ State capture inquiry: Jonas tells the inside story of Nhlanhla Nene’s firing
  8. ^ | LIVE: 'This is what a true patriot does' - Gordhan on Jonas' testimony at #StateCaptureInquiry | News24