11 February 2019

South Africa: Vytjie Mentor's Crucial Zuma Meeting Testimony Takes a Knock

Official records put Duduzane Zuma and two Gupta brothers on a China-bound flight with former ANC MP, Vytjie Mentor, but a crucial meeting where former President Jacob Zuma allegedly appeared at the Guptas' Saxonwold home, remains unconfirmed.

The State Capture Commission on Monday heard that records obtained from the Department of Home Affairs and Emirates airline indeed put Mentor on the same international flight as Duduzane Zuma, brothers Ajay and Rajesh and a yet-to-be identified "chairman" of the Gupta companies.

Mentor is currently concluding her testimony before Commission chairman, Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo, ahead of cross-examination by various implicated parties, including a former Zuma aide, Lakela Kaunda, provisionally scheduled for Tuesday.

The China trip, in August 2010, was a key part of Mentor's testimony in August 2018 when she revealed that she had been approached on that flight by Duduzane Zuma whom she said had introduced her to two "Indian" gentlemen, one of whom she later identified as Rajesh Gupta.

This encounter was allegedly followed a few weeks later by a visit to the Gupta-owned Saxonwold mansion where Mentor claimed one of the Gupta brothers had offered her a Cabinet post.

This, she had testified, had agitated her to...

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