In response to the allegation by former senior ANC MP, Vytjie Mentor, that she had been offered the position of Minister of Public Enterprises by the Guptas, the Presidency stated this evening that Zuma was “unable to comment on any alleged incident” as he “had no recollection of Ms Mentor.”
Given the seriousness of the allegation, the President’s response is insulting to all South Africans who have witnessed Zuma and the Guptas capture the state apparatus for their personal gain.
Ms Mentor served as the Chairperson of the ANC Caucus from 2004 to 2008 and would have worked with Zuma in the Fourth Parliament in his capacity of Deputy President and Leader of Government Business.
Further to this, Ms Mentor was fired as Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Public Enterprises after it came to light that Transnet had paid R155,456 for her to accompany the President on a state visit to China in 2010.
And it was Ms Mentor who slammed ANC members last month for applauding the President’s new found commitment to repaying a portion of the funds spent at Nkandla:
“The praise-singers are praising President Zuma for doing what he should have done two years ago. They are praising him for daring the nation on so many, many occasions by refusing to pay what he knew all along he had to pay.”
Clearly the President would rather forget Ms Mentor than acknowledge her allegations, in the same way that he feigned ignorance when the Guptas jet landed at Waterkloof and when R246 million was spent to upgrade his homestead at Nkandla.
But South Africans deserve more than President “Angazi’s” response. The President cannot simply pretend that Ms Mentor never existed. He must address these allegations with the seriousness they demand, and give us the answers we deserve.
@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
if proven true, i believe vytjie mentor’s comments constitute grounds for impeachment.
— Nipho Madondo (@niphomadondo) 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