JOHANNESBURG - The latest controversy involving the Gupta family was triggered by a Facebook conversation between the former ANC MP and chairperson of the public enterprises portfolio committee, Vytjie Mentor and DA member Johann Abrie.
Responding to a post by Abrie, Mentor wrote ; “But they hap (sic) previously asked me to become Minister of Public Enterprises when Barbara Hogan got the chop, provided that I would drop the SAA flight-route to India and give to them (sic). I refused and so I was never made a Minister. The President was in another room when they offered me this in Saxonwold.”
This is a screen grab of the Facebook post by Vytjie Mentor about Gupta's pic.twitter.com/MQpBWfMeCk— Pierre de Vos (@pierredevos) March 15, 2016
Mentor was replying to Abrie’s post which read: “The Minister of Finance did not confirm or deny the fact that the Gupta brothers approached his deputy, Mcebisi Jonas for the job as Finance Minister.
“For those of you able to read between the lines, this mean that deputy minister Jonas is the second person (after the Minister of Sport Fikile Mbalula) who were approached by the Guptas for a job as Minister instead of by President Zuma.
“It is now clear that Zuma abdicated his job of appointing Ministers to the Guptas.”
Mentor, a former ANC caucus chairperson in parliament is a fierce critic of President Jacob Zuma.
In response to these allegations, a spokesperson for the Gupta family told eNCA that "no meeting has ever taken place between ANC MP Vytjie Mentor and any member of the Gupta family or their representatives and no job offer was made."
“Facebook is not the appropriate forum to air such a complaint, and we can only assume it is an attempt to gain personal profile and media attention," the spokesperson from the Corporate Communications office of Oakbay stated.
"We challenge Vytjie Mentor to file an affidavit."
“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 Gupta family spokesperson added.
if proven true, i believe vytjie mentor's comments constitute grounds for impeachment.— Nipho Madondo (@niphomadondo) March 15, 2016
The Presidency has issued a statement concerning the social media comment by former Member of Parliament, Vytjie Mentor.
@PresidencyZA He knew niks about Nkandla, niks about Gupta plane landing, why not just admit he knows niks about running a country & go!— Olivia Kern (@OliviaKern1) March 15, 2016
Vytjie Mentor, was ANC MP and chair of Parly committee on Public enterprises when she alleges the Guptas offered her the DPE ministry.— James Styan (@jamesstyan) March 15, 2016
ANC MP Vytjie Mentor's Facebook posting. The Guptas in it again. And Zuma knew. pic.twitter.com/FpTMWLMyrT— Agent Provocateur (@De_Imperial) March 15, 2016
Vytjie Mentor singing like a canary LOOOOOOL— Benson (@Tha1e) March 15, 2016
@chrisvick3 Well done to Vytjie Mentor...lets hope more speak up...— Ben Said (@BenSaid1) March 15, 2016
Thank you Vytjie Mentor for your version of events, now can someone else in the ANC grow some balls and state what the Guptas offered them.— Boitshepo Monaledi (@Boi_Boi_08) March 15, 2016
Vytjie Mentor opened up another can of Gupta worm's. Now i cant help but ask?— Kgosi Galeshewe (@kingabsolom) March 15, 2016
Who appointed the rest of the cabinet ministers?
Who will stop this madness? Hawks threaten Finance minister arrest; ex-MP Vytjie Mentor says she was also offered a cabinet job by Guptas— Max du Preez (@MaxduPreez) March 15, 2016
Vytjie Mentor has clearly not acquired that 'Gravy' taste like some of her comrades. Those are career limiting remarks.— Babalo (@BabaloNdenze) March 15, 2016
Who needs Jonas to confirm when you have Vytjie Mentor........— Outside Raj Perumal (@AndileMlondo) March 15, 2016
Vytjie Mentor: Yeah the Guptas totally tried to Guptarize me. Pres. Zuma was in the next room— Richard Roodt (@QuazRoodt) March 15, 2016
Zizi Kodwa:.. pic.twitter.com/rJd3iU7xWB
When's this day ending? It's tew much: Finance minister arrest; ex-MP Vytjie Mentor's FB post; Al-Bashir case; Woolies' sneaky wine sale...— Sefiso Hlongwane (@Fizicss) March 15, 2016
Vytjie Mentor ain't beating around the bush pic.twitter.com/uDCBUdqvGZ— Ronald Phiri (@RonaldPhiri01) March 15, 2016
DA Press Statement: Guptas must answer to allegations by Vytjie Mentor in Parliament: