- Mar 26, 2010
Vytjie Mentor can’t tell Hlongwane and Hlongwa apart in testimony
More at: https://citizen.co.za/news/south-africa/2000656/vytjie-mentor-cant-tell-hlongwane-and-hlongwa-apart-in-testimony/Testimony from the former ANC MP has been marred by an inability to distinguish between key players, while some were just ‘Indian looking’.
A visibly nervous Vytjie Mentor took the stand to give testimony in the second week of the commission of inquiry into state capture on Monday morning, admitting that she has trouble distinguishing between Brian Hlongwa and Fana Hlongwane. She testified that the latter was present when she met with then president Jacob Zuma.
This is the second time a failure of memory has marred testimony in the inquiry. Last week, former deputy finance minister Mcebisi Jonas admitted that he could not be sure if the man present when he was allegedly offered R600 million to take over from Nhlanhla Nene as finance minister was Ajay or Rajesh Gupta.
While Jonas testified that a Gupta brother had made the offer and threatened his life if he went public with it after he refused, he was not completely sure which Gupta brother it was.
In her testimony, Mentor also suffered from confusion. While she maintains the man with Zuma at a meeting she attended was businessman Hlongwane, it was pointed out that she had previously named Hlongwa in a book she wrote.
She detailed a meeting with Zuma and two people she could only identify as being “Indian looking”.