FULL TEXT: Presidency statement on Mentor social media claims

Presidency maintains no recollection of Ms Mentor
16 March 2016

The Presidency refutes the misleading media reports stating that the former ANC MP, Ms Vytjie Mentor “accompanied” President Jacob Zuma on a state visit to China in 2010.

Such reports are an attempt to dispute the Presidency assertion that that the President has no recollection of the former MP.

Ms Mentor was definitely not part of the official delegation to the People's Republic of China, should she have travelled to the country during the State Visit.

By stating that Ms Mentor “accompanied” President Zuma on a State Visit to China, 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.

The Presidency 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 the full set of statements here:
FULL TEXT: Mcebisi Jonas statement
FULL TEXT: Second statement by Presidency on Mentor social media claims
FULL TEXT: First statement by Presidency on Mentor social media claims
FULL TEXT: Gordhan responds to DPCI (March 15)
FULL TEXT: Hawks statement (March 15)
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