Mentor Back To Be Cross Examined In Zondo Commission, Again

Former ANC MP Vytjie Mentor has admitted that she may have incorrectly identified a man she was introduced to by Duduzane Zuma as Fana Hlongwane. PICTURE: The South African

JOHANNESBURG: The son of former President Jacob Zuma and the well-known businessman, Fana Hlongwane will cross-examine Mentor.

Former ANC MP Vytjie Mentor is set to return to the Zondo Commission of Inquiry into allegations of state capture on Monday and will be the first witness to be cross-examined.

According to a statement by the commission, Mentor will return to the witness stand to complete her evidence and be cross-examined by those who were granted leave to do so.

Duduzane Zuma, son to former president Jacob Zuma, as well as businessman Fana Hlongwane will be cross-examining Mentor.

Two of the Gupta brothers also applied to question Mentor, but were turned down by Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo who is chairing the inquiry. The decision was made on the basis that they refused to testify in South Africa, wanting to appear before the commission remotely.  

Mentor testified before the commission in August last year where she claims that she was offered the ministerial position of public enterprises by the Guptas at their Saxonworld compound.

Mentor told the commission that Ajay Gupta had offered her the post if she, in turn, would drop the SAA Johannesburg to Mumbai route so a Gupta-linked company, Jet Airways, could benefit.

She also claimed that she was introduced to one of the Gupta brothers by Duduzane Zuma and that he was in the Gupta compound when she had the meeting with Ajay.

Previously, Mentor made a U-turn at the commission after she admitted that she may have incorrectly identified a man she was introduced to by Duduzane Zuma as Fana Hlongwane.