Former ANC MP Vytjie Mentor has launched an attack on ANC’s secretary-General Gwede Mantashe, saying South Africans must not trust him because his ways are dubious and rotten.
Making her usual comment on Facebook, the former ANC member and whistle-blower of the Guptas said on Thursday morning that part of the reasons why she is yet to consider appearing at the Luthuli House on the Gupta State Capture matter was because of the roles played by the likes of Gwede Mantashe who cannot be trusted for any reason.
We could recall that last year, Mantashe told news media that the ANC was closing its investigations over the alleged Gupta link in state appointments due to lack of submission.
This was followed by a report in the Public Protector’s State Capture Report which named Mentor as part of the people offered jobs by the influential Gupta family.
Mentor who failed to report to Luthuli house on the matter said on Thursday that Mantashe’s attitude and that of his deputy, Jessie Duarte reflects the fact that he benefits from his access to power and the influence of the Guptas.
Vytjie Mentor also alleged that Mantashe’s wife, Nolwandle, earns her monies through her business associations out of Eskom catering contracts and that this has links back to the Guptas.
The former MP gave further reasons why she won’t consider appearing at the ANC house, saying: “The other reason I refused to go to Luthuli House on the Gupta State Capture matter is because Gwede’s wife has been given a five-year catering contract of R1.4 billion by the same Eskom that was led by Brian Molefe and other Guptas stooges.
“And Jessie Duarte’s ‘enstranged’ husband does huge contracts with Eskom too, when her son is a close friend and business partner of the son another Gupta controlled woman [sic] that sits on the Eskom Board.
“Gwede is a beneficiary of Gupta appointed Board members of Eskom through his wife. Why do South Africans expect him to save South Africa from the rot?” she asked
The Facebook comment by Vytjie Mentor comes at the time Mantashe is being criticized after he announced that the party’s top six accepted Zuma’s reasons for firing the former Finance Minister Pravin Girdhan and his deputy, Jonas.
Gwede Mantashe said on Wednesday after a two-day meeting of the ANC’s national working committee (NWC), that members of the party would not vote against President Jacob Zuma in a motion of no confidence. He refused to say whether Zuma will be held to account for violating ANC policy.
His comments came at the time South Africans hail his public stance along side other top ANC members, against Zuma’s announced cabinet reshuffle.
When asked whether Zuma would face any consequences for breaking ANC policy, Mantashe answered that the president had been reminded of the Polokwane resolutions.
He also said the NWC was satisfied with Zuma’s explanation that Gordhan had been fired because of a breakdown in their relationship.
Meanwhile, the Economic Freedom Fighters has labeled the ruling party as a party that lacked ‘backbone’ and has left Zuma’s fate in the hands of the opposition.
The party said Zuma could only be removed from office if he either resigned, was recalled by the party or through a motion of no confidence in Parliament.
But as it is now, only a no-confidence vote is a viable option after the ANC declared its backing for Zuma following its National Working Committee (NWC) meeting.
It is now left to opposition parties to lobby support and garner at least 57 ANC votes.