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Vytjie Mentor: Guptas appeared to be in charge of state trip to China

Mentor claims she was offered the job of Public Enterprises Minister by the Guptas before Barbara Hogan was removed from the position by former President Jacob Zuma.

Former ANC MP Vytjie Mentor gives testimony in the state capture commission of inquiry on 27 August 2018.  Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN

CAPE TOWN/JOHANNESBURG - Former African National Congress Member of Parliament (MP) Vytjie Mentor says the Gupta brothers seemed to be in charge of state trip to China.

WATCH LIVE: Vytjie Mentor gives testimony on Gupta meeting

She is testifying at the state capture commission of inquiry.

“The trio I later came to know firmly in my mind that are the Gupta brothers were seemingly in charge of the procedures and processes.”

Mentor claims that she was offered the job of Public Enterprises Minister by the Guptas before Barbara Hogan was removed from the position by former President Jacob Zuma.

This comes after former deputy Finance Minister Mcebisi Jonas testified on Friday that members of the Gupta family had offered him R600 million if he took then Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene's job.

Mentor believes she was removed from her position as chairperson of Parliament's Public Enterprises Committee for opposing contentious plans to shut down South African Airways’ India route.

“I stand before you today chairperson, difficult as it is, in pursuant of the approach I took on my life of breaking rank and differing when issues of principle are meddled with.”

She says the brothers seemed to be in charge of the trip and they frightened her with issues around her safety.

Mentor says she did finally meet with Zuma back in South Africa. She'd told the commission in Parktown that Atul Gupta facilitated that meeting.

“I was excited that all my efforts of wanting to see the president were now producing a meeting, but I was concerned that the meeting was the following morning. The following morning I was in Cape Town and the meeting, in my understanding, was going to be in Pretoria, around the Union Buildings.”

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)