Mr X: Dudu Myeni has exposed the identity of a protected witness

Mr X: Dudu Myeni has exposed the identity of a protected witness

- Dudu Myeni has revealed the identity of 'Mr X', a witness protected by the State Capture Inquiry

- 'Mr X' had told the Inquiry had claimed that both Myeni and himself had looted millions from Mhlatuze Water

- Now, his identity has been exposed despite the Commission issuing an order in a bid to protect him

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Former South African Airways board chairperson Dudu Myeni exposed a witness in protection on Thursday.

Speaking at the Commission of Inquiry into State Capture, Myeni exposed the identity of 'Mr X', despite the commission having issued an order to protect him.

Myeni had been probed over testimony put forward by Mr X, who had claimed that the two of them had looted millions from Mhlatuze Water during her time as board chair.

Myeni exposed the identity of a protected witness, Mr X. Image: GovernmentZA/ Flickr
Source: UGC

When asked about testimony that Mr X had received money from Myeni's son's company, Myeni exposed the witness:

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“I am not going to talk to issues that pertain to what the so-called Mr X said because of the fear that has been presented before you, Chair. This is an honest man that I have known for over 25 years."

Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo had opted to protect the identities of certain witnesses, many of whom fear for their safety, but this did little to prevent Myeni from spilling the beans.

Zondo had attempted to interject and prevent Myeni from continuing, reminding her that:

“Ms Myeni, I am controlling the proceedings in the commission.”

Zondo vowed to deal with the violation when the commission returned from a break.

Earlier, reported Myeni has invoked her right to remain silent, she explained that she did not want to risk incriminating herself due to the case against her:

"I highly respect this commission, I always act responsibly and I am willing and have committed to present myself to this commission so that we deal, once and for all, with everything that has been said and all the false accusations and insinuations about me in my absence."

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"But now the problem I have is that the court judgment, which I have been advised to appeal is before the commission and it's known and it's public and therefore I would like to exercise my right and answer where I can."

This comes after numerous witnesses implicated the former chair at the inquiry. Myeni's lawyers explained that they appeared before the commission to avoid being held in contempt.

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