Bloem, who is now the National Spokesperson of the Congress of the People (COPE), says former ANC MP Vytjie Mentor called him to a meeting in Parliament in 2010 where she informed him of a request from the Guptas.
This followed Mentor’s evidence earlier this week, when she told the commission that she had informed Bloem, who was a member of Parliament’s Joint Standing Committee on Intelligence, about her concerns regarding the Gupta brothers.
Bloem took a spin and said he couldn’t remember whether Mentor raised any concerns in a portfolio committee discussion, and requested that they discuss the Guptas as she had claimed.
Bloem, however, confirms that at a later stage he did hear from Mentor who told him about a ministerial position offer from the Guptas.
“She said she first asked them how come they are offering her such a position – because according to her, it’s only the Head of State, the President who can appoint ministers – but they said to her no we will make sure that you become the minister if you agree,” says Bloem.
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