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State capture: Vytjie Mentor expected to detail Gupta meeting

Mentor was one of the people interviewed by former public protector Thuli Madonsela in her investigation into state capture.

FILE: Former ANC MP Vytjie Mentor addresses a memorial service held for the late Winnie Madikizela-Mandela at St George's Cathedral in Cape Town on 5 April 2018. Picture: Cindy Archillies/EWN

JOHANNESBURG – The state capture commission of inquiry will resume on Monday morning with former African National Congress (ANC) MP Vytjie Mentor expected to take the stand and detail how the Gupta family once offered her a ministerial post.

On Friday, the commission heard startling revelations from former deputy Finance Minister Mcebisi Jonas, including that the controversial family threatened to kill him if he revealed that they had offered him the position of finance minister.

He also told the inquiry that a senior Hawks official tried to deliberately sabotage an investigation into the Guptas' attempt to bribe him.

Mentor is expected to tell the commission about a trip she undertook from Cape Town to Johannesburg and how she was offered the post of Public Enterprises Minister at the Gupta’s Saxonworld compound while former President Jacob Zuma was in another room.

The former ANC MP first revealed the alleged Gupta bribe in a Facebook post in 2016, writing that the family asked her to take over from then Minister Barbara Hogan provided that she would drop the flight route to India and quote “give it to them”.

Mentor was one of the people interviewed by former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela in her investigation into state capture.

In the report, Madonsela said Mentor told her that Zuma did not appear angry that she had declined the offer - saying he said to her: “It’s OK, take care of yourself.”

Meanwhile, As Mentor prepares to appear before the state capture commission this morning she has spoken about how she was intimidated leading to today.

She says it’s difficult for her to say that she is looking forward to testifying today as “it is a tall order”.

Mentor has told the South African Broadcasting Corporation that she has been facing intimidation.

“It just feels that stuff is aimed at me, unnerving me.”

Mentor says her testimony will focus on the Gupta’s alleged role in the hiring and firing of members of Zuma’s Cabinet.

Meanwhile, Mentor has taken to Facebook, calling on those wanting to attend the commission to hear her testimony to arrive on time, saying “it will be jam-packed”.

(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)