I informed Mantashe & Duarte of my meeting with Guptas – Mentor

Vytjie Mentor is giving testimony at the State Capture Commission of Inquiry for the second day.

A video screengrab of Vytjie Mentor giving her testimony at the state capture commission on 28 August 2018.

JOHANNESBURG - Former African National Congress (ANC) parliamentarian Vytjie Mentor says she informed then ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe and Jesse Duarte about her encounter with former President Jacob Zuma and the Guptas at their home in Saxonwold.

Mentor is giving testimony at the State Capture Commission of Inquiry for the second day.

She’s told the inquiry about the meeting in which the Gupta brothers, who allegedly offered her the position of Public Enterprises Minister.

Mentor says she reported the meeting to Mantashe and Duarte, who said they’d follow up.

“Because Duarte and Mantashe received things on behalf of the party. They processed them further to the entire leadership. They scheduled the meetings, tabled agendas and brought issues to the attention of the collective leadership.”

Earlier, it emerged that the former president’s lawyers will apply to cross-examine Mentor and former deputy Finance Minister Mcebisi Jonas.


Mentor says former Hawks head Berning Ntlemeza had her statement airlifted on a private jet to Pretoria after she laid charges against the Guptas at a Cape Town police station.

Mentor says she and officers at that station were worried that the matter would be swept under the carpet.

Mentor has told the inquiry about the time she went to open a case against the Gupta brothers after they offered her a ministerial position at their Saxonwold home.

Mentor says she was told by the Western Cape head of detectives that her statement had been airlifted to Pretoria at Ntlemeza’s request.

“My statement was airlifted... a private jet had been dispatched. When that happened it was a Saturday and Mr Ntlemeza was in Limpopo. He [Ntlemeza] told me that my statement will be flown to Pretoria.”

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)