OVERVIEW: Mentor concerned about safety, breaks down in tears at #StateCaptureInquiry

2018-08-28 16:00

Former ANC MP Vytjie Mentor continued with her testimony at the commission of inquiry into state capture, where she has placed former president Jacob Zuma at the Guptas' residence at the same time as her.

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After assuring Mentor about her safety and briefly discussing how proceedings will begin tomorrow morning, Zondo adjourns for the day. 


28 Aug 16:24

Zondo asks Advocate Pretorius to look into the matter for Mentor. Pretorius agrees, says they will help look into matters of her safety as well.

Zondo reassures Mentor that they will do everything to ensure that she is safe. 


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"I'm worried to go back to a hotel room that I don't know if it has been fiddled with," Mentor says, breaking down into tears again.


28 Aug 16:20

Mentor breaks down into tears. "I don't want to sound alarmist..." 

"Two nights ago, when I went to sleep, I discovered that the latch of the hotel door, because there is a chain that you secure, and there is a lock that you turn to secure yourself, were not working." 

"I had stayed in that room ever since I've been coming for business of the commission." 

"The commission has gone out of the way to make me comfortable in terms of my condition that I discussed with them." 

Mentor goes on to talk about the broken lock, and how she informed the hotel, and they fixed it. She continues... 


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Mentor says she only went through the handwritten statement in the early hours of this morning, but could not compare it to the "corrupted version" by the police and the Hawks.


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Mentor is the second witness to accuse the Hawks of preparing a statement that was inconsistent with what was originally said. Mcebisi Jonas said the Hawks came to him with a prepared statement to "kill" the DA case. 


28 Aug 15:50

Mentor says Mtolo told her there were errors in the statement because the typist was Afrikaans speaking. Mentor says she did not accept that and said all the typist had to do was type what she saw in front of her.


28 Aug 15:43

Mentor says in June, Mr Mtolo first came to her alone, and then he came with another gentleman who he said was a cyber specialist.


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Mentor says the police came to her home to write down the statement while she narrated. Mentor says they had breakfast, lunch and supper throughout the whole process. Mentor says she was told the statement would be sent straight to Major General Jeremy Vearey - it didn't go to the station commander.

Mentor was worried the matter would be swept under the carpet.


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Mentor says she first went to Durbanville police station in May 2016 to lay the complaint against a number of "highly placed people".


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Zondo asks Mentor how regularly she would have interacted with Zuma during the period that she was chair of ANC Parliament caucus (over four years). Mentor responds by detailing the frequency of the meetings, and when the president and deputy president were obligated to participate in the meetings. 

Zondo asks for a specific number of times that the president may have been sitting next to her in caucus meetings.

Mentor: "It was waaaay over 10 times."

Zondo asks Mentor: "More than 15 or 20 (times)?" 

Mentor responds: "Over four years? More than that." 


28 Aug 15:00

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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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Mentor resurfaced on Facebook, and later in 2016, she again posted about Zuma on Facebook. 


28 Aug 14:46

Sello and Zondo are still questioning Mentor about her Facebook posts. 

In 2016, shortly after posting on Facebook about the Guptas offering her a Cabinet position, Mentor's Facebook page disappeared. 


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Mentor says she remembers her social media posts from around 2013, and recollects what she said in them, about the job offer from the Guptas, but says she is not "savvy" enough to search for the posts now.


28 Aug 14:32

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Mentor is asked about her Facebook posts where she revealed details about her meeting with the Guptas. 


28 Aug 14:30

Mentor says she did not tell the committee about her encounter with the president. 


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Mentor, when asked, says she did not follow up on the matter with the committee chair. The committee members were also led to believe that the issue had been reported to Luthuli House, but Mentor says Luthuli House never made any attempt to contact her on the Gupta allegations.


28 Aug 14:13

Sello now questioning Mentor about how the members of her portfolio committee handled her allegations about what transpired with the Guptas.


28 Aug 14:09

28 Aug 14:06

Former GCIS CEO Themba Maseko will testify tomorrow.


28 Aug 14:03

Commission proceedings resume after the lunch adjournment. Sello is back to leading evidence with Mentor.


28 Aug 13:05

With that, Zondo adjourns the proceedings for lunch, until 14:00.


28 Aug 13:04

Mentor says she informally told members of her parliamentary committee about her encounter with the Guptas at Saxonwold. Mentor specifically names three MPs who took an interest - Hlengiwe Mgabadeli, Siyabonga Cwele and Dennis Bloom. Mentor says Bloom said the Gupta matter was in the media a lot and needed to be addressed.


28 Aug 12:48

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