I spoke out because I was concerned about state capture - Vytjie Mentor

Vytjie Mentor said the Gupta family has interests in key government departments, Treasury in particular.

Former ANC MP Vytjie Mentor. Picture: Facebook

CAPE TOWN - Former African National Congress (ANC) Member of Parliament Vytjie Mentor, who made startling revelations about being offered a ministerial job by the Gupta family, said she chose to speak out because she was concerned about state capture.

In a Facebook post last week, Mentor detailed how the Gupta brothers told her she would replace then Public Enterprises Minister Barbara Hogan if she agreed to give them government business.

These claims have been denied by the influential family and the Presidency.

In an interview with the Sunday Times, Vytjie Mentor details how the appointment of David van Rooyen as finance minister and attempts to erode National Treasury prompted her to speak out.

"The Guptas were grabbing Treasury. If they grab a strategically positioned portfolio, they've finished everything."

Mentor has expressed fear for the safety of her children but she says she can no longer be scared in her own country.

She believes she has served the country and hopes more people will come forward.

Mentor said she worked with Zuma in the Northern Cape and has known him since his return from exile.

She also promises more revelations about the Gupta family.

She said Zuma came into the room after she rejected the proposal.

This, writes Mentor, happened about a week before Barbara Hogan was moved to the Public Enterprises Ministry.