Vytjie Mentor's state capture testimony hits a snag
Jacob Zuma was not shocked when he learnt of the offer, the former MP says
Former ANC MP Vytjie Mentor has told the state-capture inquiry that shortly after a Gupta brother offered her a ministerial job, she informed ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe and his deputy, Jessie Duarte. Mentor said she had a meeting at Luthuli House with the two regarding her trip to China. However, her testimony could now hit a snag as Duarte was not in the ANC secretariat in 2010, the time Mentor said she reported the matter to them. At the time, Thandi Modise — who is now national council of provinces (NCOP) chair — was Mantashe’s deputy. Duarte was elected deputy secretary-general at the ANC’s 2012 Mangaung conference and re-elected last year at Nasrec.
Mentor said that when she told Mantashe and Duarte about the offer, Mantashe left the meeting. She continued to have a short discussion with Duarte about it, who allegedly said the issue was noted. Mentor has told the commission that in 2010 she was taken to the Guptas’ Saxonwold home and told she would be meeting th...