The state capture investigation into the Gupta family will resume today. So far, the details learned during this inquiry have shocked many. Former deputy Finance Minister Mcebisi Jonas revealed on Friday that the Guptas had offered to make him finance minister, but threatened to kill him if he ever revealed that fact.
Today, former African National Congress (ANC) MP Vytjie Mentor will be taking the stand in court to discuss her relationship with the Gupta family. In particular, she is expected to recount a situation in which the Gupta family offered her a ministerial job. The story involves a trip Mentor took to Johannesburg, during which she was offered the position of Public Enterprises Minister at the Gupta’s Saxonworld compound. Allegedly, President Jacob Zuma was present in the building at the time when these details were discussed.
Mentor first discussed this bribe on Facebook in 2016. However, in an interview with former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela while she was looking into state capture, Mentor said she declined the offer. She added in the interview that President Zuma had said, “It’s OK, take care of yourself” in response to her refusal of the bribe.
Today, Mentor will share this story in court and reveal more about the Gupta’s corruption and links to former President Jacob Zuma.
By: Mikayla Tetreault, Staff Writer