Following the bold allegations leveled against President Jacob Zuma on Facebook, former President Thabo Mbeki has commended the courage displayed by former African National Congress (ANC) Member of Parliament (MP) Vytjie Mentor describing her as an activist and a valued MP.
A Facebook conversation revealed the serious allegations on President Zuma and the Gupta family whom she claims offered to give her the post of minister of public enterprises after the redeployment of Barbara Hogan in 2010.
She claimed that the Guptas offered her the position of minister of public enterprises in 2010 while Zuma was in the next room at the Gupta family’s Saxonwold home. She rejected this offer and that was how she never got any ministerial post.
The offer however, gave mentor the conditions of scrapping the South African Airways’s India route to allow the Guptas to take over the service. This will place the Guptas in a position where they will solely control the indian route to and fro South Africa.
Zuma however, denied any connection with Mentor and has declined to comment on the alleged ministerial job offer. Mentor was flared up after the Presidency denied any knowledge of her and posted another bombshell on Facebook.
In her post, she claimed that she has chaired the ANC National Parliamentary caucus. Also, that when Zuma was deputy president, she worked with him on several occasions.
“He sat next to me and spoke through me and with me in caucus each Thursday when Parliament was in session. He knew me right from when we arrived from exile. He met me frequently on the ground in the Northern Cape on many occasions.”
Mbeki refused to be drawn in the middle of the saga.