12 February 2019

South Africa: Vytjie Mentor Wraps Up Testimony After a Day of Weak Links and Comebacks

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Tension ran high at the State Capture inquiry on Tuesday where former ANC MP Vytjie Mentor's legal team questioned an alleged disproportionate presentation of information critical of her evidence by the commission's legal team. This came as Mentor's credibility took centre stage amid a striking dearth of corroborating evidence for some of her claims.

The strain of inconclusive strands of evidence began to take its toll on former ANC backbencher Vytjie Mentor, who concluded her testimony before the State Capture inquiry early evening on Tuesday.

Author of the self-published book, No Holy Cows, Mentor was initially heralded as a potential star witness in the case against the Guptas and former President Jacob Zuma.

But she has had to testify to events going back nearly nine years and a lack of independent corroboration in respect of some parts of her testimony made Mentor seem suspicious and somewhat desperate to sew things up at times.

Beyond her initial colourful stint in the witness box in 2018, her claims increasingly require a deeper dive for back-up -- no doubt frustrating for Mentor, who then resorted to questioning the validity of official records obtained by the commission from the Department of Home Affairs and...

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