More questions than answers as Mentor is grilled at Zondo Commission

More questions than answers as Mentor is grilled at Zondo Commission

- Vytjie Mentor was giving testimony about her meeting with the Guptas in Saxonwold

- However, the evidence did not support some of her claims

- There is no record of her flying to Johannesburg on the day that she claims, among other contradictions

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There appear to be more questions than answers as Vytjie Mentor testifies before the Zondo Commisison. 

Mentor, an ANC MP, has returned to the Commission after previously appearing before it in August.

She made statements about her visit to the Guptas' home in Saxonwold where she was reportedly offered the position of public enterprises minister. However, some of her claims did not seem to add up.

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Mentor admitted to the Commission Atul Gupta was not a member of South Africa's investment delegation to China, which is how Mentor previously claimed she came into contact with him. 

She also failed to provide evidence to support her claims that she flew from Cape Town to Johannesburg in October 2010 for a meeting with Jacob Zuma.

Mento asserted that she flew by SAA on a Monday that October, and flew back to Johannesburg that same day, but no airline has records of Mentor being present on such a flight.

Mentor's position is that there is a mistake with the records.

Deputy chief justice Raymond Zondo refused to allow Mentor to drop the subject, however.

"It is important to establish how you traveled on that day and for records to back it up," he said, according to The Citizen.

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This is not the first time the evidence has contradicted Mentor's claims. When she appeared before the Commission last year, she claimed she met Atul Gupta in Beijing in 2010.

But records from the Departments of Home Affairs and Trade and Industry did not support this. 

Her cross-examination is set to continue today.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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