OVERVIEW: Atul Gupta denies claims Mentor was offered mutton curry
#StateCaptureInquiry Zondo trying to see if the features made it onto a statement submitted to the Public Protector... she says there was none, just notes. Zondo now asking about the first time she wrote a statement about her visit to the Gupta home @TeamNews24— Matshidiso Madia (@tshidi_lee) February 11, 2019
#StateCaptureInquiry Zondo asking whether she’s written anything down, sounds like he’s desperate to see how she captured those Gupta house features.. says she’s never written them down but always knew she’d have to explain this one day @TeamNews24— Matshidiso Madia (@tshidi_lee) February 11, 2019
Mentor, becoming more and more animated now, explains to Zondo that she has an inclination to vividly remember architectural features and "beautiful things" that she might like.
Mentor: "I can tell you, I had been to the parliament of Brazil. And that was about 10 years ago. I would tell you now, the features of things I like that are still standing, in my memory... there is a blue interior, there are plants inside where, because I noticed the contrast between our chambers and their chambers..."
Mentor: "I had been to the parliament of what is called 'House of Deputies' in Italy. I also vividly remember how, if you ask me now, I will tell you distinct features of how those chambers differ with our chambers. I can tell you the features of the hotel foyer, in 2010, where I stayed."
Mentor: "I love art also, chair. I also love beautiful things..."
Zondo to Mentor: "There are quite a few details, which you seem to remember very well..."
#StateCaptureInquiry Mentor says the bathroom was consistent with what she saw in 2010. Zondo wants more details... she says it’s geographic positioning. Mentor says the bathroom was small in comparison with the rest of the house which was gigantic @TeamNews24— Matshidiso Madia (@tshidi_lee) February 11, 2019
Mentor now describes in detail the inside of the home, upon entering, and how it differed from what she had seen in 2010. Mentor mentions a large "structure" as you enter, which wasn't there before.
#StateCaptureInquiry Sello: do you confirm that we found ten steps? Mentor: I found ten small steps.— Matshidiso Madia (@tshidi_lee) February 11, 2019
Says in 2010 the stairs were wider and she didn’t struggle with her crutch. She struggled in December, very narrow now @TeamNews24
#StateCaptureInquiry Mentor says during inspection she saw houses that were not in the same premises. The last time she said the Gupta premises had 4 or 5 houses.— Jacaranda News (@JacaNews) February 11, 2019
Mentor lists some of the changes to the property that she had noticed since her last visit in 2010.
Mentor says when she visited the house in 2010, the metal on top of the boundary wall did not exist. #StateCaptureInquiry— State Capture Commission (@StateCaptureCom) February 11, 2019
Mentor says she has a problem with how the mandate was formulated for the experts. She says during the inspection, original house plan was supposed to be submitted but that has not happened. #StateCaptureInquiry— State Capture Commission (@StateCaptureCom) February 11, 2019
#StateCaptureInquiry Mentor says she spoke of two large windows instead of 1, she says shes also argued that there were things that should be included in her brief but were not. Zondo asks her if she raised any of these during the inspection @TeamNews24— Matshidiso Madia (@tshidi_lee) February 11, 2019
Mentor raises concerns about her descriptions of features differing from the commission/experts' descriptions of the same.
#StateCaptureInquiry now Mentor comes in... says there’s a difference between staircase and steps for her. If someone says find the staircase she looks for a flight of stairs. Sello comes back in and picks up and runs through features Mentor had mentioned @TeamNews24— Matshidiso Madia (@tshidi_lee) February 11, 2019
#StateCaptureInquiry Zondo: let’s first hear from witnesses now, to see if some of the features Ms Mentor talked about are there... Sello says witnesses in the next room but seems they aren’t done with Mentor @TeamNews24— Matshidiso Madia (@tshidi_lee) February 11, 2019
Sello says the commission enlisted the services of an engineer and an architect (through the Department of Public Works) during the in loco inspection in Saxonwold. It had been eight years since Mentor had been inside the Guptas' home.
The team inspected specific architectural features, as detailed by Mentor in her prior testimony - a pillar, mural, and staircase, and other details from Mentor's recollection.
While the videos of the in loco inspection of the Gupta compound in Saxonwold by the commission's team has been submitted as evidence, Sello reminds Zondo that he still has to make a decision on how to handle the video that Hellens wanted to submit to the commission, which was shot by the Guptas' own professional videographer.
By the same token, Zondo may also have to make the same decision about another video shot by Mentor's team during the visit.
Adv Sello says the Gupta family has submitted their version of the video to the commission's legal team. #StateCaptureInquiry— State Capture Commission (@StateCaptureCom) February 11, 2019
#StateCaptureInquiry Sello giving details about the inspection, from the time they met, got the inspection going and parted ways. She says raw footage has a lot of walking, it’s about 3 hours long. The edited version just over an hour, they submit both to commission @TeamNews24— Matshidiso Madia (@tshidi_lee) February 11, 2019