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Former ANC MP Vytjie Mentor responds to the statements by the Presidency

The latest post by Vytjie Mentor on Facebook suggests there is lots more to come.

I chaired the ANC National Parliamentary Caucus when President Zuma was a Deputy President. He sat next to me and spoke...

Posted by Vytjie Mentor on Wednesday, 16 March 2016

Yesterday government responded to Mentor's earlier allegations saying President Zuma had no knowledge of her.

But in questions to Malusi Gigaba in Parliament in December 2010 he acknowledged Mentor was invited on the China trip with President Zuma.

  • It was indicated by the former Chairperson that her participation (as invited) in the President's State Visit would benefit her in gaining better insight and understanding relative to the exercise of her responsibilities as the Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Public Enterprises as it would allow her to engage with, amongst others, Chinese State Owned Enterprises (SOEs) involved in rail.
Malusi Gigaba, Former Minister of Public Enterprises

How we got here...

Former ANC MP and public enterprises portfolio committee chair, Vytjie Mentor has caused a stir on social media after a Facebook comment of hers emerged further incriminating the controversial Gupta family.

In previous posts, which has been widely shared on Twitter, Mentor claims that the Guptas offered her a Cabinet position, on certain conditions, after Barbara Hogan was fired as Minister of Public Enterprises.

This comes amid allegations that the Guptas had offered Deputy Finance Minister Mcebisi Jonas the National Treasury’s top job.

The original comment appeared on a post from the timeline of DA member Johann Abrie.

The Minister of Finance did not confirm or deny the fact that the Gupta brothers approached his deputy, Mcebisi Jonas...

Posted by Johann Abrie on Monday, March 14, 2016

Vytjie Mentor has been trending on Twitter as a result and these are some responses to the speculations:


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