South Africa: How Vytjie Mentor Resisted the Gupta 'Charm'

Video screenshot of the Zondo Commission of Inquiry.

The Guptas courted former ANC MP, Vytjie Mentor, for weeks in an alleged effort for her to aid project State Capture; her extended encounter featured each one of the controversial three brothers, former President Jacob Zuma and his son, Duduzane, along with a less-than-appealing mutton curry in Saxonwold.

ANC back-bencher, Vytjie Mentor, was conveniently booked on the same First Class flight to China with Duduzane Zuma and Rajesh Gupta in what appears to be the genesis of their effort to take control of state-owned enterprises eight years ago.

If she had played ball, the Guptas offered to ensure that she would take over from then public enterprises minister Barbara Hogan whom they "knew" would be fired in an upcoming Cabinet reshuffle by Zuma.

Hogan did get the chop in the October 2010 reshuffle, weeks after the Guptas tried to offer her job to a seemingly inflexible Mentor - this made way for Malusi Gigaba who has often been described as the minister who enabled the Gupta foray into state-owned companies.

Mentor's first meeting with the Guptas happened when an official trip to China was...

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