The Gupta family ‘categorically’ denies meeting Mentor

The family has reacted to claims by the Vytjie Mentor that the Guptas offered her a ministerial post.

The Gupta family has threatened to take action against any attempt to defame the family. Picture: GCIS

JOHANNESBURG - The Gupta family has denied ever meeting former African National Congress(ANC) Member of Parliament (MP), Vytjie Mentor and has dismissed claims she was offered a ministerial post.

Mentor made the allegation on Facebook, saying a representative of the controversial family offered her the Public Enterprise Ministry after Barbara Hogan was redeployed.

In that message, the former MP also claims the offer came with certain conditions and was made at the Gupta's home in Saxonwold.

The family has told Eyewitness News it categorically denies ever meeting Mentor or offering her any job.

The family adds that in its opinion, Facebook is an inappropriate platform to air such a complaint and it can only assume this is an attempt by Mentor to boost her political profile.

In its statement the Gupta family further challenges Mentor to file an affidavit under oath, warning that it will take action against any attempts to defame the family.

They also say, "South Africa has a robust Constitution and a strict process governing appointment of Ministers and Deputy Ministers. We have every faith that if anybody tried to abuse power around appointments, they would be rebuffed by our constitution and our strong political leadership."

The presidency is yet to respond to the latest allegations.

Meanwhile there are fresh calls for the family to be summoned to Parliament.