Guptas ‘were already in charge’ shortly after Jacob Zuma’s election
Evidence given by the third witness at the state capture inquiry, former ANC MP Vytjie Mentor, indicates that the Guptas were already "running things" in 2010, a year after Jacob Zuma became state president. Mentor’s evidence showed that even members of the executive, such as trade & industry minister Rob Davies, deferred to one of the Gupta brothers when making a presentation during a state visit to China. While she gave intricate details about events during her testimony, she also became confused at times over the identity of some people, including Fana Hlongwane and which of the Gupta brothers she was talking about. In 2016, after disclosures about how the Guptas had offered former deputy finance minister Mcebisi Jonas a cabinet position, Mentor alleged that she too was offered a position by the brothers. She was allegedly offered the role of public enterprises minister late in 2010, just before then-minister Barbara Hogan was removed during a reshuffle. At the time, Mentor was t...
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