Vytjie Mentor on being introduced to Guptas, refusing to meet Jacob Zuma
'I was not, as a woman, going to go to President Zuma, who had then had a reputation with women'
Former ANC MP Vytjie Mentor detailed how she came to meet the Gupta brothers and how the controversial family facilitated a meeting between her and former president Jacob Zuma. Mentor was testifying at the commission of inquiry into state capture. In 2016, after revelations about how the Guptas had offered former deputy finance minister Mcebisi Jonas a Cabinet position, Mentor alleged that she was also offered a position by the brothers. This allegedly happened in 2010 and she was offered the position of minister of public enterprises.
Mentor told the commission on Monday that she was first introduced to one of the Guptas, Rajesh, by Zuma's son Duduzane. The introduction was made aboard a plane while she was travelling to China as part of a delegation for Zuma's state visit. Rajesh Gupta told her that his brother Atul was part of an advanced team in the presidency sent ahead to China to deal with logistics. Mentor said that while in China, the two Gupta brothers arrived at h...