15 March 2016

South Africa: State Capture - Former MP Publicly Reveals Guptas Offered Her Ministry

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Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan briefs media ahead of the Budget Speech. Minister Pravin Gordhan, Deputy Minister Mcebisi Jonas and Reserve Bank Governor Lesetja Kganyago (file photo).

Veteran ANC MP and former chair of the portfolio committee on public works, Vytjie Mentor, is the first senior member of the party to publicly reveal that the Gupta family offered her the Ministry of Public Works after President Zuma had fired Barbara Hogan in 2010, ultimately replacing her with Malusi Gigaba. Mentor said the Guptas had offered her the job provided she would "drop the SAA flight route to India and give it to them". But wait, there's more, Mentor also says President Zuma was in another room in the Gupta compound in Saxonwold when she was offered the job. BY MARIANE THAMM

In December last year, former Minister of Public Enterprises, Barbara Hogan, was one of the first senior ANC members to speak out against President Jacob Zuma's surprise sacking of Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene, calling on "any ANC member worth his or her salt to speak out".

On Monday Vytjie Mentor did just that in an explosive Facebook post on DA member Johann Abrie's timeline. Mentor told Abrie that in 2010 the Gupta family had offered her the job as Minister of Public Enterprises while President Zuma sat in another room at the family's Saxonwold home.


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