One of the strangest developments from the state capture inquiry was ANC chair Gwede Mantashe’s decision to publicly discredit the evidence of former MP Vytjie Mentor. Mantashe told Eyewitness News that "the whole story is actually a fake" in response to Mentor’s claim that she informed him and his deputy about the alleged offer by the Guptas in 2010 to make her the minister of public enterprises. Mentor was admittedly hazy on a number of details in her testimony and stated incorrectly that the ANC deputy secretary-general was Jessie Duarte. Thandi Modise was Mantashe’s deputy at the time. But whether Mentor’s testimony is plausible or falsified is up to deputy chief justice Raymond Zondo to decide, not an ANC official. It certainly should not be the person who tried to keep the lid on the state capture scandal until it exploded beyond his control. Some of the witnesses at the inquiry, as well as others who pushed back against the Guptas, say they reported their experiences to Manta...

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