Inquiry may call Manyi
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.