Former South African Member of Parliament and African National Congress comrade Vytjie Mentor has made a shocking revelation by saying that the Guptas family dangled a ministerial post to her which she rejected.
She was offered a job as Minister of Public Enterprises on the condition that she dropped the SAA flight route to India to hand it over to them. According to her, her refusal was the reason why she was never made a minister.
Mentor held the post of the chairperson of the public enterprises portfolio committee.
Meanwhile, President Zuma was in another room at the Guptas family home when the discussion was going on.
“I refused and so was never made a minister‚” she said.
“The president was in another room when they offered this to me (at the Gupta home) in Saxonwold (Johannesburg).”
Mentor made this known in her social media conversation with Democratic Alliance member Johann Abrie.
Abrie had posted a cartoon of the presidential seal with the face of one of the Gupta brothers. His comment above the cartoon was:
“The Minister of Finance did not confirm or deny the fact that the Gupta brothers approached his deputy, Mcebisi Jonas for the job as Finance Minister. For those of you able to read between the lines, this mean that deputy minister Jonas is the second person (after the Minister of Sport Fikile Mbalula) who were approached by the Guptas for a job as Minister instead of by President Zuma. It is now clear that Zuma abdicated his job of appointing Ministers to the Guptas.”
DAs Abrie said he had referred the content of the conversation to the Parliament for further investigation.
The juicy offer was thrown at Mentor shortly after Barbara Hogen was removed as Minister of Public Enterprises.
The influential Guptas family has developed strong ties with President Jacob Zuma, his family and other top government officials and has been accused of offering top ministerial jobs to people in exchange for favours.
Reports during the weekend said that they had offered the job of finance minister to Deputy Minister Mcebisi Jonas two weeks before Nene was fired but Jonas turned the offer down.
Another report said that Sport Minister Fikile Mbalula heard he had been appointed a minister for the first time through the Guptas.