Vytjie fires back at Zuma in political ping-pong over the Guptas. What's next?

Vytjie Mentor. Picture: File
Vytjie Mentor. Picture: File

It all started, as so many political storms do, with a rumour: Deputy Finance Minister Mcebisi Jonas had been offered the job of finance minister by the politically connected Gupta family before Nhlanhla Nene was fired by President Jacob Zuma.

Then the Sunday Times newspaper this week ran a story alleging that ANC deputy secretary-general Jessie Duarte had also offered Jonas the position after he turned down the Guptas.

Just as the ANC threatened to take the Sunday Times to the press ombudsman over its story, former ANC MP Vytjie Mentor alleged on Facebook that she was offered the position of public enterprises minister by the Gupta family.

Zuma hit back by releasing a statement that he had “no recollection of Ms Mentor and is not aware of the alleged incidents in her career”.

Not taking that lying down, Mentor retaliated with a detailed post about how Zuma knew her, including that she chaired the ANC national parliamentary caucus when Zuma was 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.”

While South Africa is waiting with bated breath for the next salvo to be fired, people had a ball on social media.

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