In­quiry may call Manyi

Sunday World - - Sunday Report - By Karyn Maughan

Deputy chief jus­tice Ray­mond Zondo is con­sid­er­ing sum­mon­ing me­dia owner Mzwanele Manyi to ap­pear be­fore the state cap­turein­quiry toad­dress claims that he tried to in­ter­fere with the tes­ti­mony of key wit­ness Phumla Wil­liams.

Wil­liams‚ the act­ing Gov­ern­ment Com­mu­ni­ca­tion­sand In­for­ma­tion Sys­tems (GCIS) di­rec­tor-gen­eral‚ said she was con­tacted by Manyi on Fri­day‚ after she con­firmed gov­ern­ment’s ad­ver­tis­ing bud­get had been ir­reg­u­larly spent on The New Age/SABC break­fasts.

Manyi texted that these did not take place­dur­ing his ten­ure as di­rec­tor-gen­eral of GCIS. “I think he is try­ing to in­flu­ence my sub­mis­sion‚” she said.

Manyi‚ mean­while‚ tweeted: “Just so it’s clear. Phumla was re­lat­ing the changes I brought into GCIS. In the same breath she men­tions TNA/SABC break­fast whichin myview cre­ated the im­pres­sion that I was some­how part of that. So I sent her a text for her to clar­ify that this hap­pened AFTER my era.”

Wil­liams tes­ti­fied about how then com­mu­ni­ca­tions min­is­ter Faith Muthambi – ac­cused of leak­ing con­fi­den­tial cab­i­net min­utes to the Gupta fam­ily – forced her out ofher post‚ partly be­cause she didn’t ad­dress her as “Hon­ourable Muthambi”.

For­mer GCIS head Themba Maseko told the in­quiry the Gupta fam­ily‚ as­sisted by then pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma‚ tried to force­himto chan­nelR600min state ad­ver­tis­ing to the fam­ily’s me­dia out­lets. Maseko re­fused and was fired within months.

Wil­liams’s tes­ti­mony­con­tin­ues to­mor­row.

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