Just as Minister of CoGTA, Des van Rooyen, was dodging a question put to him by News24 on whether the Gupta family had offered him the job of Finance Minister, former ANC MP, Vytjie Mentor, alleged that the Guptas had previously offered her the position of Minister of Public Enterprises.
In the light of this serious allegation, I urge the Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Public Enterprises – a position previously held by Mentor–to accede to my request to summon the Guptas to appear before the Committee to allow them to answer to the mounting questions over their capture of state entities.
In a post on Facebook yesterday, Mentor stated that the Guptas “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. I refused and so I was never made a Minister. The President was in another room when they offered me this in
There is growing evidence that the Guptas are complicit with President Zuma in capturing the apparatus of state for their personal gain. We cannot allow the 8.2 million jobless South Africans to suffer while the President and his cronies benefit from a patronage network that only benefits the connected few.
Both the Guptas and the President must provide the South African people with the answers they deserve.