Former African National Congress (ANC) MP Vytjie Mentor has accused the Hawks’ Mandla Mtholo of interfering with her statement, in which she complained that former President Jacob Zuma had a corrupt relationship with his son, and the Gupta brothers. Mentor is the third witness to give testimony at the State Capture Inquiry currently underway in Parktown, Johannesburg.

She says she submitted a hand-written statement to the police, but Mtholo then told her the statement would not go ahead if she did not remove then president Zuma’s name from it.

Mentor has also told the Inquiry that she informed the then ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe and party Deputy Secretary General Jessie Duarte that one of the Gupta brothers had offered her a ministerial post.

Mentor says this happened at a meeting with Mantashe and Duarte in 2010, at a time when Thandi Modise was the ANC’s Deputy Secretary General and Duarte was an NEC member.

Mentor says Mantashe then left the meeting, while Duarte only noted the issue.

She has also told the Commission that she sat in the same meetings as President Jacob Zuma more than 20 times during her four years in parliament. In 2016, Zuma released a statement saying he had no recollection of her.

Mentor disputes this, saying she had been chair of the ANC parliamentary caucus.

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