Zuma, ministers named in Hawks Gupta investigation

Former ANC MP Vytjie Mentor has broken party ranks and has submitted allegations of state capture directly to the Hawks, the City Press reports.

While Mentor told the paper she would not comment publicly on her submission, the City Press has seen the affidavit, which names president Jacob Zuma and several ministers, claiming they have a corrupt relationship with the Gupta family.

Mentor was one of the first politicians to speak up following damning revelations by deputy finance minister Mcebisi Jonas in February 2016 that he had been approached by the Gupta family to fill former finmin Nhlanhla Nene’s position when he was fired.

Mentor posted to Facebook a number of allegations, which she said would be put forward formally “when the time is right”.

According to the City Press report, Mentor has now put her allegations in paper and accused president Zuma and ministers Lynne Brown, Rob Davies and Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula of corruption, giving the Guptas an unfair advantage at the expense of the state.

In her affidavit, Mentor claims that the state-run Industrial Development Corporation had lent out money to the Guptas to start business ventures including Shiva Uranium, Oakbay Investments and VR Laser.

She also said the group accepted shareholdings in the companies in lieu of having the loan repaid.

Mentor claimed further that public enterprises Lynne Brown then cemented corrupt relationships between government, Denel, Shiva and VR Laser.

Sticking to her story revealed earlier in the year, Mentor also detailed how she was approached by the Guptas and promised the position of public enterprises minister on the condition that she create a SAA air link between South Africa and India.

She claims the president Jacob Zuma was present at the time, and that she rejected the offer outright.

According to her account, the Gupta brothers told her that they had done it (appointed ministers) plenty of times before, and that she should play along.

The Hawks confirmed to the City Press that they were investigating the family and had a December guideline for the investigation to be completed. The investigation has been welcomed by minister Brown as an opportunity to put an end to the false accusations.

You can read the full story in the City Press for 10 July 2016.

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Zuma, ministers named in Hawks Gupta investigation