Defiant Vytjie Mentor tells Zuma she knows him well
“As for the Guptas. I am not done yet‚ a lot still needs to be told...” With that salvo‚ former African National Congress parliamentarian Vytjie Mentor announced she was standing by her assertion that the family linked to President Jacob Zuma was trying to influence South Africa’s political elite in exchange for business deals.
Mentor‚ who has arrived back in the country from a trip to Thailand‚ said that she had known Zuma since his return from exile.
“I was raised on the TRUTH‚ NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH!! I am standing where I am standing. I love South Africa too much. I am NOT ruffled. The truth shall be victorious at the end. The truth always win!‚” she said in a defiant post on Facebook.
This comes after the Presidency said in a statement last night that Zuma “has no recollection of Ms Mentor. He is therefore unable to comment on any alleged incident in her career.”
Mentor had dropped a bombshell earlier when‚ in a conversation with Democratic Alliance member Johann Abrie on Facebook‚ she asserted that she was offered a job as minister of public enterprises by the Gupta family on the condition that she dropped the South African Airways flight route to India to give it to them. “I refused and so was never made a minister‚” she said. “The president was in another room when they offered this to me (at the Gupta home) in Saxonwold (Johannesburg)‚” she said.
The offer was allegedly made after Barbara Hogan was removed as minister of public enterprises‚ when Mentor was the chairperson of the public enterprises portfolio committee.
The Guptas denied via their company Oakbay investments that they had offered her the Ministerial job.
In response to Zuma‚ Mentor said on Wednesday: “I chaired the ANC National Parliamentary Caucus when President Zuma was a Deputy President. He sat next to me and spoke through me and with me in Caucus each Thursday when Parliament was in session.
“I sat with him in the ANC's Political Committee each month too. He is the one who was sent by the Top 6 then to tell me that the ANC has deployed me to be the Chair of Caucus then.
“He is the one who introduced me to the ANC Caucus then as a new Chair of Caucus. I had a bi-monthly with him in his Tuynhuys Offices then.
“He knew me right from when he arrived from exile. He met me frequently on the ground in the Northern Cape on many occasions.
“I know President (Thabo) Mbeki and Kgalema Motlanthe will never ever say they have no recollection of me.”
She then issued a challenge to the Gupta family‚ stating: “As for the Guptas. I am not done yet‚ a lot still need to be told... will leave this here for now.”
Showing signs of what could be fear‚ however‚ she closed with this statement: “The scoundrels can continue to insult and bark… If anything happens to me or my family‚ you all know who to suspect. I am NOT scared thou. I know my Redeemer Lives!”