Vytjie Mentor has a word with one of her legal representatives, Advocate Anthony Gotz, before the start of her cross examination on Monday, February 11 2019. Picture: MASI LOSI
Vytjie Mentor has a word with one of her legal representatives, Advocate Anthony Gotz, before the start of her cross examination on Monday, February 11 2019. Picture: MASI LOSI

Former ANC MP Vytjie Mentor could undermine her own testimony before the state capture commission by refusing to budge on which day of the week she flew to Johannesburg in October 2010 to meet former president Jacob Zuma.

Mentor is insisting she travelled on a Monday with SAA but the airline has no record of this.

There were, however, records from parliament’s internal travel agent that showed Mentor had travelled on SAA from Cape Town to Johannesburg and back on October 15 2010, but this was not a Monday.

When asked if she would want the commission to consider flights that were not on a Monday, Mentor said no.

“I am clear in my mind, chair, that I travelled on a Monday,” she told deputy chief justice Raymond Zondo, who is chairing the commission.

Mentor is now questioning the accuracy of the SAA and parliament records.

“The SAA records that purportedly come from SAA do not speak to records that come from parliament.

She said there were aspects in one that did not appear in the other. 

Mentor wants a “thorough investigation” into both the SAA and parliamentary records.

The commission will call witnesses from SAA and parliament to give clarity on the matter.

Mentor is back at the state capture commission of inquiry after giving evidence in 2018. She is completing her evidence and will be cross-examined as well.  

Mentor testified in 2018 that she was called to a meeting with Zuma and flew to Johannesburg sometime between September and October.

However, when she arrived in Johannesburg she was taken to the Guptas’ Sahara Computers and then to their Saxonwold compound.

She testified that while at the Gupta home she was offered the job of public enterprises minister on condition she terminate SAA’s Johannesburg to Mumbai, India, route. Mentor said Zuma was at the compound at the same time.

Her refusal to budge on which day of the week she flew to Johannesburg for the meeting could hamper the commission’s ability to place Mentor, members of the Gupta family and Zuma in the Saxonwold area at the same time.

Mentor’s testimony placing Zuma at the Gupta house at the time of the alleged meeting where she was offered the job has not been contested by the former president.

Zondo on Monday reiterated that he had asked Zuma to present his version of events, which he has declined to do.

Zuma has made it clear that he does not believe he is implicated in any testimony given at the commission.

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