Zuma does know me, here's how - Vytjie Mentor

2016-03-16 13:44
A screengrab from the ANC's website showing its chairpersons since 1994. Mentor served from 2004-2008. (ANC website)

A screengrab from the ANC's website showing its chairpersons since 1994. Mentor served from 2004-2008. (ANC website)

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Johannesburg - Former ANC MP Vytjie Mentor has denied President Jacob Zuma's claim that he had "no recollection" of who she was.

Mentor, who had been on holiday in Thailand, announced that she was back in South Africa on Wednesday morning.

She took to Facebook to respond to Zuma's statement.

"I chaired the ANC national parliamentary caucus when President Zuma was a Deputy President. He sat next to me and spoke through me and with me in Caucus each Thursday when Parliament was in session.

“I sat with him in the ANC's Political Committee each month too. He is the one who was sent by the TOP 6 then to tell me that the ANC has deployed me to be the Chair of Caucus then. He is the one who introduced me to the ANC Caucus then as a new Chair of Caucus. I had a bi-monthy [sic] with him in his Tuynhuis Offices then. He knew me right from when he arrived from exile.

“He met me frequently on the ground in the Northern Cape on many occasions. I know President Mbeki and Kgalema Motlanthe will never ever say they have no recollection of me.

“As for the Guptas. I am not done yet, a lot still need to be told... will leave this here for now. I will only talk to the media if necessary from Friday late. The scoundrels can continue to insult and bark. If anything happens to me or my family, you all know who to suspect. I am NOT scared thou [sic]. I know my Redeemer Lives!" she wrote.

Mentor caused a storm when she alleged on Facebook that she was offered a Cabinet position by the Gupta family.

She made the allegation in response to Democratic Alliance member Johann Abrie's Facebook post on Monday about the Guptas offering Deputy Finance Minister Mcebisi Jonas the job of finance minister before Nhlanhla Nene was removed.

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]"

Despite her allegation, Zuma has claimed that he had "no recollection of Ms Mentor and is not aware of the alleged incidents in her career".

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

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