Whistleblower names top Zuma aide as Gupta ‘fixer’

Jacob Zuma’s former trusted and powerful adviser Lakela Kaunda is being accused of facilitating a meeting between state capture whistleblower Vytjie Mentor and the infamous Gupta family.

In a statement submitted to the Zondo State Capture Inquiry‚ for the first time Mentor names Kaunda as the person who allegedly called her in 2010 to arrange the meeting with the family at their Saxonwold compound.

Kaunda‚ who previously served as the former president’s chief of staff and spokesperson‚ is contesting Mentor’s claim.

She has a legal team representing her at the commission‚ which kicked off in Johannesburg on Monday‚ after being informed that she was implicated in the state capture scandal.

Mentor allegedly claims in her statement to the commission‚ which is chaired by Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo‚ that Kaunda phoned her to summon her to a meeting. She says she then made the trip from Cape Town to Johannesburg in the belief that her meeting was with Zuma.

Kaunda’s legal team intends to submit to the commission that this claim is false because she has never spoken to Mentor or arranged the meeting.

By: Ranjeni Munusamy

-For more on this story‚ please visit Times Select. https://select.timeslive.co.za/news/2018-08-21-whistle-blower-names-top-zuma-aid-as-gupta-fixer/

Source: TMG Digital.


  1. This inquiry is a huge waste of time and money. Can people not see that the outcome of the entire Zupta saga is already written?

    The Guptas and Zumas will be paraded in front of the word by the media. It will give people a false sense of justice to see the newspaper headlines.

    Unfortunately the NPA has a mandate to ‘lose’ all major court battles surrounding ‘State Capture’ and ‘corruption’ by these parties. Not even the new NPA boss will change that mandate. This is all a clever game. Once the Zumas and Guptas are made innocent by the courts, they will stand with raised fists next to the ANC leadership to celebrate their victory against the opposition, against racists, against WMC. The ANC will come out stronger in the en and the Zupta cabal will keep their loot.

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