You know when you get that feeling in your stomach – some people call it “intuition” – when something just isn’t sitting right and, without having evidence, you can’t really do anything about it? Well, that’s pretty much how every South African must feel about the Gupta’s. But the worst thing about it is that it kinda is right in front of us.
Finally, the cracks are opening. Snippets of information are being shared and suggested and the latest comes from former ANC MP and chairperson of the public enterprises portfolio committee, Vytjie Mentor. During a Facebook conversation with DA member Johann Abrie, Vytjie 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.
So the Gupta’s have no control over SAA? Interesting.
Anyway, moving on. This was a comment on a post from Johann 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.
What is quite beautiful is that Mentor, a former ANC caucus chairperson in parliament is a fierce critic of President Jacob Zuma. She has never shied away from stating her opinion. Here’s a Facebook post from her:
Obviously, the Gupta’s are denying everything while hiding behind their spokesperson:
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.
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.
Even Zuma denied it:
What are we going to do? If you want to be entertained on the matter – and others regarding Zuma, please check out Johann Abrie’s Facebook profile.
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