- Former ANC MP Vytjie Mentor claims to have saved President Ramaphosa from being arrested in the final days of Zuma’s presidency
- Mentor says she got wind of a plot by Zuma to arrest Ramaphosa on treason charges
- She claims a well-timed Facebook post was enough to expose and stop the plot against Ramaphosa
Former ANC MP Vytjie Mentor claims to have saved President Cyril Ramaphosa from a plot to arrest and charge him with treason in the final hours of Jacob Zuma’s presidency. Mentor said she got wind of the plot against Ramaphosa and stepped in to save him.
In a Facebook post on Monday, Mentor confirmed reports which surfaced at the time that Zuma was planning to arrest Ramaphosa and declare a state of emergency. She said a well-timed Facebook post was enough to stop the plot against Ramaphosa.
In the post Mentor references the sequence of events which took place on 14 February this year, the day which Zuma ultimately and reluctantly resigned from office.
Briefly.co.za discovered that throughout the day Zuma had remained defiant and refused calls by the ANC for him to step down, he demanded reasons for his recall from the ANC, something which party leaders were not eager to provide.
Zuma even went as far as to defy the recall order in an interview with the SABC later in the day.
Mentor says Zuma spent the afternoon hatching plans to have Ramaphosa arrested by treating his recall as treason, he then planned to have the armed forces come to his rescue by declaring a state of emergency.
She said Zuma was aided in this by the then minister of police Fikile Mbalula and defence minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula. The two ministers had apparently held a meeting at a restaurant outside of Parliament.
Mentor says the only thing which stopped the plot was a Facebook post which exposed the plot. She says ultimately this caused the defence force to refuse to assist Zuma and by early evening the reality that he had to resign had dawned on him.
Mentor also spoke about recent events in KwaZulu-Natal, she said Zuma’s supporters had not yet given up the fight against Ramaphosa and were committed to destabilising the province, country and ultimately remove Ramaphosa from power.
The ANC has rejected these claims, but many political experts are convinced the ANC in KwaZulu-Natal is headed towards a split.
Mentor has a chequered history in the national spotlight, she has made some outlandish claims, which include that someone was controlling the weather in the Western Cape to punish people for voting for the DA.
She also claimed that Zuma was an apartheid spy and that Malusi Gigaba is actually a Zimbabwean national.
Mentor has, however, received widespread acclaim for her role in exposing the ills of the Guptas and state capture.
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