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2019-02-11 12:30

The judicial commission of inquiry into state capture continues with further testimony from former ANC MP Vytjie Mentor, who also faces cross-examination based on previous testimony.

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Vytjie Mentor to be cross-examined before Zondo commission 

Former ANC MP Vytjie Mentor is set to return to the Zondo Commission of Inquiry into allegations of state capture on Monday and will be the first witness to be cross-examined.

According to a statement by the commission, Mentor will return to the witness stand to complete her evidence and be cross-examined by those who were granted leave to do so.

Duduzane Zuma, son to former president Jacob Zuma, as well as businessman Fana Hlongwane will be cross-examining Mentor.

Two of the Gupta brothers also applied to question Mentor, but were turned down by Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo who is chairing the inquiry. The decision was made on the basis that they refused to testify in South Africa, wanting to appear before the commission remotely.

Vytjie Mentor finds support as she prepares for Zondo commission cross-examination 

Former ANC MP Vytjie Mentor has found support as she prepares to return to the Zondo commission of inquiry into allegations of state capture on Monday.

According to a statement by the commission, Mentor will return to the witness stand to complete her evidence and be cross-examined by those who were granted leave to do so.

Duduzane Zuma, son of former president Jacob Zuma, as well as businessman Fana Hlongwane will cross-examine Mentor. 

She appeared to be tired from all the preparation, posting a photo of herself on Facebook on Sunday with the caption: “Taking a little break from scouring through documents”.


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State capture inquiry conducts ‘in loco’ inspection at Gupta compound – report 

Investigators and evidence leaders for the Zondo commission into state capture are at the Gupta compound in Saxonwold with former ANC MP Vytijie Mentor to carry out an on-site inspection, according to Business Day. 

According to the report, lawyers for the Gupta family and the inquiry arrived at the property just before 09:00 to conduct an “in loco” inspection. The inspection, which is being videotaped for the commission, is closed to the media. 

It is being conducted after Ajay Gupta claimed Mentor fabricated her evidence and incorrectly described the layout, interior and exterior of the property.  

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#StateCaptureInquiry: Vytjie Mentor does an about-turn on Fana Hlongwane 

Former ANC MP Vytjie Mentor has admitted that she may have incorrectly identified a man she was introduced to by Duduzane Zuma as Fana Hlongwane during her testimony at the Zondo commission into state capture.

In a letter sent by law firm Webber Wentzel to the commission, chaired by Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo, Mentor states that after having given testimony, she decided to view images of Fana Hlongwane on the internet.

She states that after reflecting on the images she had come to realise that they were “not of the person [she] was introduced to by Mr Duduzane Zuma on the Emirates flight as ‘Chairman'”.  

In August Mentor testified to the commission that Transnet had booked her a first-class ticket to China on Emirates via Dubai.

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#StateCaptureInquiry: Mentor breaks down over fears for her safety 

Former ANC MP Vytjie Mentor broke down at the end of day five of the inquiry into state capture, telling the commission she feared for her safety at the hotel where she is currently staying.

“I don’t want to sound alarmist,” Mentor told chairperson of the commission Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo as broke down in tears.

She said two nights ago when she went to sleep she discovered that the latch of her hotel room door was not working.

“I had stayed in that room ever since I have been coming for business of the commission,” she said, adding that “the commission has gone out of the way to make me comfortable in terms of my condition that I discussed with them.

“I’m worried to go back to a hotel room that I don’t know if it has been fiddled with,” Mentor said and then broke into tears again.  

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#StateCaptureInquiry: Duarte disputes meeting Mentor over Gupta Cabinet post offer 

ANC deputy secretary general Jessie Duarte has rejected claims by the party’s former MP Vytjie Mentor that the two discussed an offer by the Guptas to Mentor for a ministerial post in exchange for business concessions.

“I have never discussed any matter with the lady other than her complaint about a leg injury [that] she sustained at Parliament. And I became [deputy secretary general] in 2012,” Duarte told News24 on Tuesday.

Mentor told the commission that she reported the matter to both Gwede Mantashe and Duarte in 2010 in their capacity as secretary general and deputy secretary general, respectively.

She said she met with Duarte two days after her meeting with the Gupta brothers at their mansion in Saxonwold, Johannesburg. 

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#StateCaptureInquiry: Mentor describes her encounter with Zuma at Gupta’s Saxonwold home 

Former president Jacob Zuma did not address the issue of the Guptas offering former ANC MP Vytjie Mentor a ministerial job, but instead tried to calm her down, the commission of inquiry into state capture heard on Tuesday.

Mentor continued with her testimony on day five of the inquiry headed by Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo. She said that Zuma was more interested in her regaining her composure than in the fact that the Guptas had offered her a Cabinet post. 

She detailed her encounter with Zuma at the Gupta compound in Saxonwold in 2010, weeks ahead of a reshuffle in which public enterprises minister Barbara Hogan was fired.

Mentor told the commission that Zuma had walked in while she was in an altercation with the eldest of the Gupta brothers, Ajay, after she rejected the offer of a Cabinet position in exchange for dropping the SAA Johannesburg-Mumbai route in favour of Gupta airline JetAirways. 

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