‘Zuma tried his luck with me’ – Mentor

Vytjie Mentor is a former ANC MP who is very critical of President Jacob Zuma’s leadership and claims that the president at the center of the alleged Gupta state capture which was the subject of former public protector Thuli Madonsela’s report, State of Capture.

“Zuma tried his luck with me on two occasions. I dealt with him and continued with my work. But he continued to prey on women,” she told the Cape Town Press Club on Thursday.

“So maybe the regret is, if I had exposed him better, a ‘Kwezi’ may not have happened,” she said, referring to President Jacob Zuma’s rape accuser, Fezekile Ntsukela Kuzwayo. President Jacob Zuma’s underwent a rape trial for those accusations and was found not guilty in May 2006

“But I cannot live with regret, so I’m doing this now to give courage to many women. That is persistence. I kept on moving away and he kept on. If that is not persistence, I don’t know what persistence is. I’m speaking out because I’m encouraging others to speak out. I’m sure there are many other victims. I don’t think I’m the only victim,” Vytjie Mentor said.

“If they choose to report things internally, you cannot coerce them to go public. I cannot say it’s endemic in the ANC only, but I can for sure say it’s endemic in society. I don’t think the ANC has done enough to arrest the culture of sexual harassment of women in its ranks. I also don’t think the government and society have done enough in this country, ” Vytjie Mentor said.

“Those who want to go to court can go to court. I’ve been trying to take Zuma to court for a long time, so it will be nice to meet him in court,” Vytjie Mentor said.


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