I refused to do 'certain things with and for' Zuma - Vytjie Mentor claims

2016-03-16 15:01
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Johannesburg - Former ANC MP Vytjie Mentor, who is in the country's spotlight after claiming that she had been offered a Cabinet position by the controversial Gupta family, has previously claimed that she refused to do "certain things with" and "for" President Jacob Zuma.

Following her claims about the Guptas and that Zuma was in "another room" when the alleged offer was made, the presidency said on Tuesday that Zuma has no recollection of Mentor.

On Wednesday, Presidency spokesman Bonjani Majola said there was no comment on her other claims, except for its previous statement that the president had no recollection of her.

Her previous claim about Zuma was posted to Facebook on February 9.

"All people who accuse me of hating President Zuma etc, need to actually know that I REFUSED to do certain things with him and for him when I was Chair of the ANC Parliamentary Caucus when he was Deputy President of the Republic," she claimed.

"I never hated him for that, and I still don't, I just stood my ground then and refused to do those things, and he had to back off. What I hold against him is the many crises he put us through as a country. No personal vendetta then, and no personal vendetta here today, whatsoever."

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.

The Presidency said they refute misleading media reports stating that Mentor accompanied President Jacob Zuma on a state visit to China in 2010.

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”.

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