- Former ANC MP and corruption whistleblower Vytjie Mentor has joined Herman Mashaba's new political party
- The former Joburg mayor lauded Mentor as one of the few ANC MPs that was brave enough to expose state capture in South Africa
- Mashaba hinted that more prominent South Africans are expected to join the ranks of his party soon
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Former ANC MP and state capture whistleblower Vytjie Mentor has joined forces with Herman Mashaba and his new political movement, The People's Dialogue.
In a statement celebrating Mentor's decision to join his crusade, Mashaba commented that:
“Vytjie was one of the few ANC MPs who were brave enough to stand up and speak out against the state capture taking place in South Africa. At great personal risk, she spoke of how she was offered a ministerial position by the Guptas, in exchange for cancelling SAA’s routes to India, and how she turned it down."
Mashaba says that Mentor's testimony was critical in aiding Thuli Madonsela's report which eventually led to the State Capture Inquiry:
“The testimony provided by Vytjie was critical to Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s investigative report entitled State of Capture. She is believed to have averted an alleged plot by then President Jacob Zuma to impose a state of emergency to prevent his departure from office, and publicly voted for the motion of no confidence against him."
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This, in Mashaba's view, has given the former MP a chance to witness the 'true nature' of the ANC:
“For all of this, Vytjie has witnessed the true nature of the ANC and its criminality. She has suffered the vilest threats and even attempts on her life for her acts of bravery and yet she stands unafraid and committed to South Africa."
The former mayor says that more high profile citizens are expected to join the political party:
“Over the coming weeks we will continue to announce other prominent South Africans who are joining our ranks as we prepare for the launch of the new party at the end of August 2020. What is clear, is that our new party will be the only party capable of unseating the ANC and building a prosperous, non-racial and secure future for all South Africans."
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that former Environmental Affairs Minister Nomvula Mokonyane has kicked off testimony at the State Capture Inquiry.
Mokonyane was allowed to make an opening statement at the commission investigating allegations of widespread corruption and graft in government institutions.
Mokonyane has accused former BOSASA COO Angelo Agrizzi of mocking her family, culture and even bereavement.
The ex-minister explained that she had been an activist from the tender age of 15, but claimed that Agrizzi was attempting to soil what was left of her reputation.
Mokonyane denied that BOSASA had paid for the burials of her family members, explaining that they had received financial support during their time of mourning like any African family.
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