Of course I remember Vytjie Mentor - Motlanthe

2016-03-17 12:56
Kgalema Motlanthe (Picture: GCIS)

Kgalema Motlanthe (Picture: GCIS)

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Durban – Former president Kgalema Motlanthe has confirmed to News24 that he knows former ANC MP Vytjie Mentor. 

This comes after President Jacob Zuma said he had "no recollection" of her, following her claim on social media that the controversial Gupta family offered her a Cabinet position.

Motlanthe’s spokesperson Dan Motaung said in a response to News24: "Former president Motlanthe does know Ms Vytjie Mentor even from her student days as an activist and of course this knowledge includes her stint as MP.”

Motlanthe would not be drawn to comment further on the matter.

The confirmation comes a day after former president Thabo Mbeki confirmed that he also remembered Mentor.

Mbeki’s spokesperson Mukoni Ratshitanga said on Wednesday, "President Mbeki knows Ms Vytjie Mentor as an activist and valued ANC member of parliament."


On Monday Mentor said on Facebook that the Guptas offered her the job of public enterprises minister when Barbara Hogan was removed from the position. She claimed Zuma was in another room at the Gupta's Saxonworld home at the time.

On Wednesday, deputy finance minister Mcebisi Jonas confirmed that the Guptas had offered him the job of finance minister last year before Nhlanhla Nene was removed.

The presidency has yet to release a statement on Jonas.

In response to Zuma's claim that he had no recollection of her, Mentor, in a detailed Facebook post, revealed all the alleged encounters they had had.

Mentor also said she was confident that Mbeki and Motlanthe would never say they had no recollection of her.

On Thursday morning Mentor took to Facebook to respond to the Gupta family denying her allegations.

She wrote: "I can corroborate my claim. Legal threats don't scare me. I have no money like they do. I have only the TRUTH as my valuable possession."

She also stuck to her claim that Zuma was in the Gupta home when the offer was made.

"He came in after I rejected the offer. He accompanied me down the 4/5/6 marble (covered) wide stairs at the entrance of the Gupta house to their black twin-cab with heavily black-tainted windows which... [took] me back to the airport," she wrote.

Read more on:    anc  |  jacob zuma  |  gupta family  |  kgalema motlanthe  |  politics

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