Johannesburg - Former ANC MP Vytjie Mentor has told the state capture inquiry that former president Jacob Zuma was present at the Gupta family’s compound in Saxonworld as she was offered a ministerial position by Ajay Gupta.
Mentor says she was shocked to see Zuma walk into the room where she was sitting with the eldest Gupta brother Ajay Gupta at the family home in 2010.
She told the inquiry that Ajay Gupta had told her that Zuma was due to reshuffle his Cabinet and that she could be appointed as the new minister of public enterprises, replacing Barbara Hogan. She was told that she could get the job only if she agrees that she will abolish the South African Airways (SAA) route from Johannesburg to India.
Mentor said she declined the offer and was surprised that Ajay had such important knowledge of Zuma's decisions.
She said she told him she was not interested and lambasted him for claiming her could give her a ministerial position, and immediately after Zuma walked into the room.