Presidency refutes media reports of Mentor state visit

2016-03-15 23:21
President Jacob Zuma. (Walso Swiegers, Bloomberg)

President Jacob Zuma. (Walso Swiegers, Bloomberg)

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Johannesburg – A late night statement released by the Presidency refuted what it claims are misleading media reports that former ANC MP Vytjie Mentor accompanied President Jacob Zuma to a state visit in India.

This is the second statement released by the Presidency reiterating that Zuma has no recollection of Mentor.

On Monday night, Mentor said in a Facebook post that she had been offered a job by the Gupta family.

She wrote: "But they had previously asked me to become Minister of Public Enterprises when Barbara Hogan got the chop, provided that I would drop the SAA flight-route to India and give to them. I refused and so I was never made a Minister. The President was in another room when they offered me this in Saxonworld. [sic]"

Earlier, News24 reported that a report by the Sowetan dated December 2010, stated that Mentor, then public enterprises portfolio committee chairperson, was said to have joined Zuma on a state visit to China.

The report details how the then Public Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba revealed through parliamentary questioning that the ANC was investigating Mentor after she received payment of R155 000 from Transnet for her trip to China including a first class air ticket.

In a confusing turn of events, the Presidency said they refute misleading media reports stating that Mentor accompanied President Jacob Zuma on a state visit to India in 2010.

“By stating that Mentor 'accompanied' President Zuma on a State Visit to India, the media gives the public an incorrect impression of a status similar to that of Ministers or Deputy Ministers who receive direct formal invitations from the President to accompany him on State Visits, and who then join him on all official engagements during the visit as members of the official delegation,” it said.

The Presidency said it reiterates that “the President has no recollection of Ms Mentor and is not aware of the alleged incidents in her career that she has reportedly written about on social media”.

Read more on:    anc  |  jacob zuma  |  gupta family  |  vytjie mentor  |  politics

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