- Vytjie Mentor has gone back on the testimony she gave to the state capture commission
- The former MP claimed to have been introduced to Fana Hlongwane through Duduzane Zuma
- Mentor has issued a public apology and will still face a thorough investigation into the rest of her testimony
Former ANC MP Vytjie Mentor has issued an apology to Fana Hlongwane after she retracted her statement to the state capture commission that linked the businessman to the Guptas
In her testimony, Mentor stated that Duduzane Zuma had introduced her to Hlongwane in 2010 during a trip to Dubai, however, she has claimed that she referred to the businessman in error.
Mentor’s lawyers have said that in her retraction, she had been approached by Zuma and two members of the Gupta family while travelling to China.
After appearing before Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo, Mentor looked up an image of Hlongwane only to realise that she had falsely implicated him in the investigation.
Mentor has issued an apology to Hlongwane and she hopes that he will forgive her for her error.
She has also offered to stand before the commission to go on the record to admit to her mistake as well as give the businessman a public apology for tarnishing his image.
Briefly.co.za learned that Mentor was set to undergo cross-examination on Thursday, however, this has been postponed until the end of November.
According to Eyewitness News, Mentor felt that something about her testimony didn’t add up, which was when she searched for an image of Hlongwane.
Mentor has attempted to rectify her error and is currently looking for the man that she had actually met during her flight to Dubai.
The legal counsel for the commission of inquiry has announced that Mentor’s altered testimony is currently under investigation and that results should be revealed in the next few days.
Pending the investigation, Zondo has stated that any and all issues that were addressed in Mentor’s testimony should be thoroughly examined before proceeded with the inquiry.
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