Investigators and evidence leaders from the State Capture Inquiry will be visiting the Gupta Saxonwold compound today for an on-site inspection
The Zondo commission will be visiting the Gupta Saxonwold compound today for an on-site inspection. Investigators and evidence leaders entered the property at around 09:00 to conduct an ‘in loco’ inspection. Media was denied access to the inspection.
This comes following claims by Ajay Gupta that Vytjie Mentor, a former ANC MP, had fabricated her evidence and given inaccurate descriptions of the property.
Mentor had testified in August, giving extensive details regarding the property. She alleged that she had met Ajay Gupta at the house and that he had offered her the job as public enterprises minister during this meeting.
The position was allegedly offered on condition that Mentor dropped the South African Airways Johannesburg-to-Mumbai route that Gupta had wanted to be run by JetAirways.
She had also testified to having met Fana Hlongwane on a 2010 flight with Duduzane Zuma, son of the former president. The former ANC MP has since retracted some of her evidence in a letter from Webber Wentzel law firm:
“After our client’s appearance before the commission, she decided to view images of [Hlongwane] on the internet. After reflection on those images, she has come to realise that they are not of the person she was introduced to by [Duduzane] on the Emirates flight,” the lawyers wrote.
“Our client persists in her version that she was introduced to a black man by [Duduzane], who referred to him as ‘chairman’... Our client accordingly wishes to concede that she made an error in identifying the person introduced to her.”
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