- Vytjie Mentor is expected to testify at the Commission of Inquiry into State Capture on Monday
- The former ANC MP has been a vocal critic of the ruling party, former president and the Gupta family
- Mentor has in the past made some shocking and explosive claims about the relationship between the ANC, Jacob Zuma and the Guptas
Vytjie Mentor is expected to be the next person to deliver testimony at the Commission of Inquiry into State Capture on Monday. The former ANC Member of Parliament (MP) has been a vocal critic of the ruling party, former president Jacob Zuma and the Guptas.
Mentor has in the past made some shocking and explosive claims about the relationship between the ANC, Zuma and the Guptas and she is expected to provide testimony which directly links Zuma to the Gupta family home in Johannesburg when she takes the stand.
The inquiry is being led by Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo who has vowed to complete the task laid upon his shoulders without fear or favour. Zondo once again said he and his team would investigate all possible leads, he added that those who had done nothing wrong had nothing to fear.
Briefly.co.za takes a look at four of the most explosive claims Mentor has made and is expected to repeat during her testimony on Monday.
1. Zuma made unwanted sexual advance on Mentor
Mentor claims she has been the target of unwanted sexual advances by Zuma on several occasions. Mentor alleges that Zuma made the first of these advances on her more than 25 years ago during an ANC party conference.
EWN.co.za reported that Mentor said Zuma once again tried his luck when he was Parliamentary caucus chairperson. Mentor said Zuma tried to put his hand between her legs, she got up and hit him with her handbag and removed herself from the meeting.
2. She received a cabinet job offer from the Guptas
Mentor claims she, like Mcebisi Jonas, was offered a position as a cabinet minister by the Gupta family in exchange for certain favourable business decisions. She claims to have been offered the public enterprises portfolio after Barbara Hogan was fired.
Mentor said she had proof of this job offer and her claim that Zuma entered the room after she had rejected the offer is unique in its ability to place the former president at the scene of the crime.
The Public Enterprises deparment is arguable the most damaged of all government departments in the wake of state capture with SOEs becoming more of a liability than an asset to the South African taxpayer.
Former ANC MP Makhosi Khoza said Mentor’s testimony was unique in placing Zuma in the Gupta home, the heart of the state capture movement.
3. ANC Youth League and Women’s League serve Zuma not the ANC
Mentor said both of the ANC’s independent leagues the ANC Youth League (ANCYL) and ANC Women’s League (ANCWL) were run by leaders who were loyal to Zuma and not the ANC.
Mentor said both leagues had committed themselves to serve the will of Zuma who acted like their puppet master.
4. Gupta-owned company could be awarded social grants contract
Mentor warned in 2017 that a Gupta-owned or linked company could swoop in at the last second to take over the payments of the social grants system.
This came after the country watched in horror as Bathabile Dlamini stumbled from one crisis to the next, all which threatened to derail the ANC’s signature social grants policy which benefits the poorest South Africans.
Mentor said she had been reliably informed that a last-second announcement would be made which would see social grant payments made by an unnamed company.
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