Testifying against powerful people is dangerous: Analyst

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Political analyst Dale McKinley has described testifying against powerful people as dangerous business.

This comes after former deputy Finance Minister Mcebisi Jonas told the Commission of Inquiry into State Capture that the Guptas threatened to kill him if he did not co-operate when they allegedly tried to corrupt him.

Former ANC member of Parliament Vytjie Mentor also told the commission chairperson Justice Raymond Zondo that she was concerned about her safety as locks of the door to her hotel room had been tampered with.

McKinley says the revelations that those who are testifying before the commission are making will have far-reaching consequences.

“I think if one looks at Jonas’ testimony, this is just the beginning and when he was saying that he was threatened with death if he didn’t co-operate and Mentor was a vulnerable witness in this regard, she was clearly very anxious.”

“I think she is very nervous. I have no doubt that those people who are exposing things will be intimidated. I mean this is standard practice,” says McKinley.

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