- Ex-ANC MP, Vytjie Mentor is determined to 'fight to the bitter end' at the state capture inquiry
- This comes after cross-examination at the Zondo Commission brought her evidence into question
- Despite this, Mentor maintains that she will not change her testimony and will see the inquiry through
Former MP Vytjie Mentor is adamant that she will fight to the end at the Zondo Commission, despite her evidence being called into question.
Taking to social media, Mentor revealed her determination on Facebook, posting:
"I will fight to the bitter end. I will never surrender. I did NOT withdraw any Testimony or evidence before the Zondo Commission. They will have to kill me. I will NEVER alter my truth."
Cross-examination last week had unveiled gaps in the former MP's testimony, including details surrounding her description of the Gupta compound, her 2010 flight to Joburg and her meeting with former president Jacob Zuma.
Experts who had visited the Saxonwold compound had been unable to find numerous features that Mentor claims to have seen during her 2010 visit.
Erna Wiese, a veteran architect for the Department of Public Works, had told the commission how she had joined a team of surveyors, engineers and electricians, who had joined Mentor on an inspection of the Gupta stronghold last year:
"The Gupta house has since been renovated and the Commission chose to ignore this."
Added to this, Advocate Mahlape Sello had revealed that there was no records to prove the MP had flown from Cape Town to Johannesburg during the period mentioned.
In her testimony Mentor had alleged she had been asked by Lakela Kaunda, cooperative governance and traditional affairs COO, informing her that her request to meet with the president at the time, Jacob Zuma, had been granted.
According to TimesLIVE, Kaunda's lawyers have in the meantime denied this, which resulted in Mentor changing her testimony, saying that the call might have taken place at a later stage.
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