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Is the Gupta dam wall finally breaking down and will President Jacob Zuma follow? One can be forgiven for thinking so given the events of the past couple weeks. The latest accusation is from a former senior ANC MP and chairperson of the portfolio on Public Works, Vytjie Mentor. In a Facebook post she claimed the family offered her a ministerial post, which has been deleted, but thanks to the power of social media, and Izak du Plessis, it was captured in the tweet below. In the post Mentor suggests the President was “in another room when they offered me this in Saxonworld”. Mentor says they asked her 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.” And the Presidency, as it did with the Jessie Duarte, Mcebisi Jonas case, denied any wrongdoing. They’ve just gone one further, saying the President has no recollection of Vytjie Mentor, and therefore can’t comment. The Guptas have also challenged Mentor to file an affidavit stating under oath that she was offered a ministerial position by the family. And while the jury may still be out on this incident, the pile of accusations is growing ever larger. – Stuart Lowman
— Izak du Plessis (@zakjourno) March 15, 2016
By Genevieve Quintal, News24
Presidency maintains no recollection of Ms Mentor
The Presidency refutes the misleading media reports stating that the former ANC MP, Ms Vytjie Mentor “accompanied” President Jacob Zuma on a state visit to China in 2010.
Such reports are an attempt to dispute the Presidency assertion that that the President has no recollection of the former MP.
Ms Mentor was definitely not part of the official delegation to the People’s Republic of China, should she have travelled to the country during the State Visit.
By stating that Ms Mentor “accompanied” President Zuma on a State Visit to China, the media gives the public an incorrect impression of a status similar to that of Ministers or Deputy Ministers who receive direct formal invitations from the President to accompany him on State Visits, and who then join him on all official engagements during the visit as members of the official delegation.
The Presidency 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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