No holy cows
Vytjie Mentor isn't pulling any punches
NO HOLY COWS: MOMENTS IN MY POLITICAL LIFE 20022017
She’s worked in the public domain for years, but it was only when she detailed how she’d been offered the post of public enterprises minister by the Gupta family that Vytjie Mentor’s name was on everyone’s lips.
She’s been raked over the coals, sued and accused of being in collusion with opposition parties. Now the former ANC MP and whistleblower has written a tell-all in which she names and shames those she believes should answer to SA. We spoke to her about her book.
What would you like readers to get out of the book?
I’d like readers to comprehend the extent of state capture and corruption in our country.
I want to highlight the issues of sexual harassment and abuse of women in the political space and to awaken a spirit of fighting these practices.
Why did you decide to go the self-publishing route?
I tried to get the book published by South African and international publishers but it was costly and I was only going to get 13-18% of the royalties. That’s totally unacceptable to me as I think it’s exploitative.
Why did you decide to write the book now?
I started writing this book as an autobiography. It got too big and had to be divided into three parts. I wanted to tell the story of my life, including the period I spent in the political space. I also wanted South Africans – and those who follow me all over the world – to better understand who I am, and all that makes me who I am.
It also concerns me that many South Africans don’t read books, and I’d like to change that for the better.
What books do you have on your bedside table?
Heroic Leadership by Chris Lowney (former managing director of JP Morgan) and Hlomu the Wife, a novel by Dudu Busani-Dube.