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Vytjie Mentor: Jacob Zuma at centre of state capture

The former ANC MP, who has written a book called 'No Holy Cows', has also accused President Zuma of sexually harassing her.

Former African National Congress Member of Parliament Vytjie Mentor. Picture: Lindsay Dentlinger/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Former African National Congress Member of Parliament Vytjie Mentor says she won't back down from her belief that President Jacob Zuma is at the centre of state capture and she's prepared to meet him in court.

Speaking about her self-published book No Holy Cows at the Cape Town Press Club on Thursday, Mentor also accused Zuma of sexually harassing her many years ago.

“I kept on moving away and he kept moving towards me. I then took my handbag from the coffee table and put it between us, that is persistence.”

Mentor says the ANC is "endemically corrupt" and will take a long time to recover.

Mentor predicted a splinter group would emerge from the ANC national conference in December.

But she says South Africans can still rescue the country from corruption and state capture.

“We should begin to worry about South Africa more than we worry about a party that has got us up to here, so far in the mess that we are in.”

She might be out in the political cold, but Mentor says South Africans are too transfixed on the ANC.

She believes there are still good people in the ANC and that the tide will eventually turn.

Mentor adds that the ANC needs time and space to deal with its issues.

Even if a splinter group were to emerge from the national conference, she says it won't be able to solve the country's current problems.

In May, she said she hoped there would be a commission of inquiry into state capture in the country.

She says she was not surprised by the leaked emails between the Gupta family and their employees about how they manage to obtain business from senior government officials.

Both the Sunday Times and City Press had reported that the family planned to move President Zuma and his family to Dubai.

Mentor said she submitted the same information detailed on the emails to the Public Protector.

“Every single fact you see tabled on those newspapers was revealed by myself to the Public Protector and to the Hawks. The Hawks did nothing about it, but at least the Public Protector came out with a report.”

But the reports quoted extensively from these emails.

They show Des van Rooyen's trip to Dubai for a day in 2015 was paid for by the Gupta family despite his claims that he paid for it.

Other emails show how the Guptas received a CV for Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane a month before he was appointed, and that their employees were helping some politicians prepare for questions from the media.

Last week, a group of academics released a report explaining how Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba helped set up a network centred around operations by the president and the Guptas to re-purpose state institutions.

Additional reporting by Sifiso Zulu.

(Edited by Winnie Theletsane)

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