Sat. Nov 28th, 2020

Zondo’s worst witness yet? Yakhe Kwinana goes viral for ’bouts of amnesia’

Former SAA executive Yakhe Kwinana is making a name for herself at the State Capture Inquiry, for all the wrong reasons: And DCJ Zondo is fuming.

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We’ve had some stunning performances at the State Capture Inquiry, but few other witnesses will go down in infamy quite like the former SAA board member Yakhe Kwinana has done this week. Now into her second day of testimony on Tuesday, she has continued where she left off yesterday – infuriating Raymond Zondo in the process.

Who is Yakhe Kwinana?

Kwinana, amongst other things, claimed to have no recollection of signing off on a R1bn contract SAA dished out during the height of state capture. She was advised to ditch the ‘stalling tactics’, as her answers grew increasingly bizarre.

Zondo tried with great difficulty to implore Yakhe Kwinana to answer questions asked by state capture evidence leader, Advocate Kate Hofmeyr, relating to allegations that she received R4.3 million in bribes and kickbacks, but she refused to do so and instead fired off names of others she thinks should be investigated – and supplied this strange ‘vetkoek’ analogy:

Watch: Yakhe Kwinana at the State Capture Inquiry

The amnesia continues for State Capture witness

For those hoping that Yakhe Kwinana would answer with a little more integrity on Tuesday, you’d have been left disappointed. The State Capture Inquiry was subjected to more contradictory answers – and yes, that famous ‘amnesia’ which apparently plagues the former SAA executive came back with a vengeance.

Zondo Commission dealing with SAA ‘obstruction’

Zondo focused his laser-guided frustrations towards a disagreement Kwinana had with a fellow member, Dr. Dahwa, about the 30% procurement condition SAA had with BEE companies. He grilled the witness about this fiery email exchange:

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Yakhe Kwinana’s scathing email – Photo: State Capture Inquiry

Zondo loses his cool with Yakhe Kwinana – again

Incredibly, Kwinana has maintained that this was a mild disagreement – and she has no negative feelings towards Dr. Dahwa, despite the vociferous terms used to describe his stance on radical economic transformation. This jaw-dropping denial proved to be too much for Zondo, who once again lost his rag with the ‘uncooperative’ witness.

“If you, Yakhe Kwinana, say you weren’t in that meeting, it means Dr Dhawa was fabricating everything in his email and is wondering why he would do that. And how must I believe you did not have any strong and negative feelings towards Dr. Dhawa? This email is written in strong and negative terms.”

“Ms Kwinana, don’t tell me that this is just a disagreement. Your views are very negative.”

Raymond Zondo

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