Vytjie Mentor‚ a former leader of the African National Congress in Parliament‚ has berated President Jacob Zuma and accused him of cowardice over his response to the Public Protector’s probe into his allegedly too close relationship with a business family.
In a Facebook post‚ Mentor wrote: “Dear Zuma. I spoke to the PP. I revealed things about. You and about your folly relationship with the Guptas through your son.
I can go one-on-one with you on a publicly televised hearing only after the PP releases her report‚ with or without you having responded to the questions she posed to you six months ago. I am not scared of you‚ of your lies‚ your tricks‚ your delaying tactics‚ your attempted intimidation‚ your harassment‚ and what you normally do to people. You are a coward that hides behind State power all the time.
Where ever have you heard a person that’s being investigated by the PP making the silly demands you are making? Power has really ran to your head. I feel sorry for you”.
Mentor claimed in March that the Guptas offered her a Cabinet job while President Zuma was in another room in the family mansion in Saxonwold‚ Johannesburg.
Zuma has since claimed that he had no “recollection” of Mentor.
The public protector‚ Thuli Madonsela‚ said it is in the interest of President Zuma to account for what he knows regarding the allegations of state capture which had been forwarded to him in March.
“The public protector would like to report that President Jacob Zuma was afforded a proper opportunity to tender his evidence since 22 March 2016.
“President Zuma was on Saturday‚ October 1‚ 2016‚ given all copies of evidence implicating him‚” the public protector said in a statement issued on Monday night.
She said his lawyer raised a request to question witnesses for the first time last Thursday‚ when he was asking for a deferment of the investigation to the next public protector.