Vytjie Mentor says her safety is an “ongoing concern”

She had said very weird things while testifying at the State Capture Commission.


Former ANC member of Parliament Vytjie Mentor has told a national radio station she doesn’t feel safe at all.

Mentor, who concluded her two-day testimony at the commission on Wednesday this week, said she believed that commission Justice Raymond Zondo would take into consideration the issue of her safety.

She told PowerFM breakfast host Bob Mabena on Thursday morning that when she left the commission she had to drive “in a zigzag manner” to avoid possibly being followed.

“My safety is an ongoing concern,” she told Mabena.

“I am happy that the commission is aware of it,” Mentor said, adding she has taken extra personal measures to ensure she is safe.

“On Wednesday when I went to the airport, we had to drive in a zigzag manner to cut a tail if ever somebody was following us,” she said.

Mentor made some startling claims at the commission of her encounter with the Gupta family at their Saxonwold home in 2010 – in former President Jacob Zuma’s presence.

She told the commission that a heated disagreement began between herself and Ajay Gupta when she rejected their offer to make her the state enterprise minister following the sacking of Barbara Hogan who was state enterprise minister during a cabinet reshuffle.

The Gupta brother had wanted her to be minister in order to get rid of the SAA’s Johannesburg to Mumbai route in favour of their airliner JetAirways.

She said she had reported the matter to Gwede Mantashe who was ANC secretary at the time and Jessie Duarte, who she said was deputy secretary (sic) but both have rejected ever meeting with Mentor to discuss the Gupta matter.

The commission continues.

(edited by MLM)

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