- Gwede Mantashe has revealed he intends to sue Vytjie Mentor over false claims she made at the Commission of Inquiry into State Capture
- Mantashe said Mentor had provided the commission with manufactured facts
- The ANC chairperson was particularly incensed by claims Mentor made about his ownership of farms and an Eskom contract which allegedly benefitted Mantashe’s wife
African National Congress (ANC) national chairperson and current mineral resources minister Gwede Mantashe has announced his intention to sue Vytjie Mentor over the testimony she gave at the Commission of Inquiry into State Capture.
Mantashe said the former ANC Member of Parliament had delivered a raft of manufactured facts to the inquiry which headed by Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo.
Mantashe was particularly incensed by Mentor’s testimony regarding his own ownership of farms and a particular Eskom contract which she claimed had benefitted Mantashe personally.
Briefly.co.za gathered that Mentor and Mantashe have a history of legal near-misses and Mantashe is one of many senior ANC members who have from time to time questioned Mentor’s mental stability.
Mentor claimed in April that Mantashe’s wife had been granted a lucrative contract to provide catering to Eskom. Mentor claimed the contract had been awarded to the Mantashe’s through the support of the Gupta family.
eNCA.com reported that Mentor’s testimony at the state capture inquiry will be carefully analysed and she is expected to come under cross-examination from several sources.
Mentor was also questioned by the commission’s own legal team over her apparent contradictory statements.
Mentor told the commission that she told the then secretary-general Mantashe about her meeting with the Guptas in shortly after it happened. She also claimed to have informed the deputy secretary general Jessie Duarte.
The last part of her statement has caused some confusion because Duarte was only appointed as deputy secretary general in 2012 and was not in the position at the time of the offer in 2010.
Mantashe denied using his position in the government or the ANC to wrongfully benefit himself, his family or any of his associates.
He said the time had come for Mentor to start explaining herself and for those she has accused of wrongdoing to stop playing around and to become serious.
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