If the meandering and at times tortuous testimony of former MP Vytjie Mentor is to be the yardstick of the Zondo Commission we are going to be in for a lengthy and frustrating process. The essence of her evidence was about Ajay Gupta (or it could have been Atul) offering her a cabinet appointment as public enterprises minister in exchange for her influencing key decisions at SAA to benefit the Guptas’ business interests, and whether former president Jacob Zuma was aware of and colluded in that offer. Yet we were treated to a labyrinthine account of obscure details about staircases, bathroom mirrors and dates of Facebook posts.

It is therefore no wonder that Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo, who is heading the Commission of Inquiry into State Capture, Corruption & Fraud in the Public Sector (the Zondo Commission) has sought from the High Court a two-year extension to the timeframe for the commission to conclude its work and report to President Cyril Ramaphosa (assuming he is ...

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