Vytjie Mentor apologises for implicating Fana Hlongwane in her testimony

Former ANC MP Vytjie Mentor has apologised to Gupta-linked businessman Fana Hlongwane for implicating him at the state capture inquiry.

According to EWN reporter Clement Manyathela, Mentor's apology comes after Hlongwane was granted an application to cross-examine her for the discrepancies in her testimony.

He says Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo said it is important that the legal team investigates her testimony. The team said it has already started and the report will be available in two weeks.

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In August, she told the commission that on her flight to China she met Duduzane Zuma who introduced her to two Gupta brothers and Fana Hlongwane.

Clement Manyathela, EWN reporter

She has come back now saying that wasn't Fana Hlongwane. She says after her testimony she Googled Fana Hlongwane's pictures and realised this is not the man that I met back in 2010.

Clement Manyathela, EWN reporter

She is telling the commission that she is willing to come on the 30th of November and publicly apologise to Fana Hlongwane for any embarrassment this has caused.

Clement Manyathela, EWN reporter

Manyathela says Zondo emphasised the need for a proper investigation into Mentor's testimony, saying her evidence could have serious consequences.

This speaks to great credibility. What do you say now to people who are implicated in the report when you have someone who testified and mentioned people's names without having verified if it is them.

Clement Manyathela, EWN reporter

Manyathela says Mentor is not the only one who has apologised for wrongly implicating someone.

Barbara Hogan also apologised for implicating Mzwanele Manyi.

So you see these people testifying coming back to say actually I made a mistake and they are doing this under oath.

Clement Manyathela, EWN reporter

To hear the rest of the report by Clement Manyathela, listen below:


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