Streaming issues? Report here
volume_up
volume_mute

Home
arrow_forward
Politics

Zondo Commission: There are some discrepancies in Vytjie Mentor's testimony

27 August 2018 1:10 PM
Tags:
Vytjie Mentor
The Guptas
Zondo state capture inquiry
Zondo Comission of inquiry
The third witness for the Zondo Commission of Inquiry, Vytjie Mentor took the stand on Monday to testify on state capture allegations

The third witness at the Zondo Commission of Inquiry, Vytjie Mentor has been testifying making many allegations with regards to state capture.

Sunday Times political reporter Qaanitah Hunter says Mentor has been talking about her trip to China which was organised by the Guptas.

She says former president Jacob Zuma was also on that trip and asked to meet with her, which she refused because Zuma has a reputation with women and she says she didn't want to meet with him in a foreign country.

Read: 'Jonas's evidence was breathtaking'

The commission heard this morning how Mentor went on this trip which was paid for by Transnet when she was Parliment's head of portfolio committee in Public Enterprise. She detailed on how she was met by Duduzane Zuma on the flight to China and meeting people of Indian origin which she realised later that it was the Guptas.

Qaanitah Hunter, Sunday Times political reporter

She makes very damning accusations that the Gupta brothers were in charge of this high-level diplomatic mission.

Qaanitah Hunter, Sunday Times political reporter

She details how one of the Gupta brothers called her to the hotel and explained that he wanted to take her to Jacob Zuma. However, she refused because she had been unsuccessfully trying to meet the president in South and now she was concerned for her safety meeting him in a foreign country.

Hunter says Mentor appeared to be nervous as she was giving her testimony and there were discrepancies. In her book, Mentor says that she was met with Brian Hlongwa but in her testimony, she says that she met with Fana Hlongwane.

Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo said that people need to be specific in their testimonies because any contradictions, even in error, will give grounds to implicated parties to apply for cross-examination, reports Hunter.

She says the Hawks lawyer, representing the major-general that was implicated last week by Mcebisi Jonas, has applied to cross-examine.

To apply for leave to examine you will have to present a sworn statement that absolutely contradicts what the witness said.

Qaanitah Hunter, Sunday Times political reporter

To hear the rest of the report by Qaanitah Hunter, listen below:


27 August 2018 1:10 PM
Tags:
Vytjie Mentor
The Guptas
Zondo state capture inquiry
Zondo Comission of inquiry

More from Politics

191119-saa-edjpg

SAA CCO downplays flight-shedding, says 'not that many flights cancelled'

22 January 2020 8:57 AM

All airlines review their schedules and cancel and consolidate flights in event of low demand says SAA's Phillip Saunders.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

Gavel court case corruption - 123rf

Targeting guilty individuals' pension funds could claw back looted state money

21 January 2020 1:16 PM

Justice Ministry spokesperson explains a precedent may be set in the SIU case to the Special tribunal starting on Tuesday.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

150609NeilAggett.jpg

Frank Chikane describes the last time he saw Neil Aggett alive in police custody

21 January 2020 11:27 AM

Struggle stalwart Frank Chikane was detained at the same time as Dr Neil Aggett. He recalls how brutally they were treated by police.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

education-africa-girl-child-literacy-school-learning-knowledge-teaching-123rf

'22 richest men have more money than all 600 million African women put together'

21 January 2020 10:59 AM

If Jeff Bezos and Bernard Arnault – the world’s two richest men – sat on their wealth piled up in $100 bills, they’d be in space!

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

fees-protest-uctjpg

'Some of these students had to return back home, others are sleeping on campus'

21 January 2020 10:15 AM

#OpenNSFAS rep Kabelo Mahlobgwane says the application deadlines must be scrapped so late-accepted students can receive funds.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

South Africa law justice courts state capture 123rfjustice 123rflaw 123rf

Government employees are now in direct line of fire, says Karyn Maughan

21 January 2020 7:35 AM

Legal journalist Karyn Maughan explains the SIU's special tribunal's first case staring on Tuesday.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

150609NeilAggett.jpg

Apartheid-era police will be subpoenaed to testify in Neil Aggett inquest

20 January 2020 1:47 PM

Almost 38 years after his death, a fresh investigation into the death of anti-apartheid activist Neil Aggett has been opened.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

150323-Marriage.jpg

SAHRC to pursue case of same-sex couple refused at Cape Town wedding venue

20 January 2020 1:45 PM

The lesbian couple has launched a case with the SA Human Rights Commission after the venue refused to host their wedding.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

Herman Mashaba

Our movement for change is coming! - Mmusi Maimane

20 January 2020 1:16 PM

"… we are definitely going to participate in the 2021 local government elections...," says former Joburg mayor Herman Mashaba.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

cabinet-stella-2jpegjpg

Minister Ndabeni-Abrahams blew tax money on her wedding anniversary - report

20 January 2020 11:06 AM

She allegedly did it without President Cyril Ramaphosa’s permission, as required by the Ministerial Handbook.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward