THE TOR­TURE

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Act­ing govern­ment spokesper­son Phumla Wil­liams didn’t hold back about what it was like to work for former com­mu­ni­ca­tions min­is­ter Faith Muthambi. Muthambi, a Zuma sup­porter im­pli­cated in state cap­ture, was ac­cused of shar­ing con­fi­den­tial cabi­net in­for­ma­tion with the Gup­tas. Wil­liams, an ANC ac­tivist who was de­tained by the apartheid govern­ment in 1988, was tor­tured by the po­lice and likened Muthambi’s ten­ure (2014-2017) to that time. Un­der Muthambi, Wil­liams was stripped of her pow­ers and the Govern­ment Com­mu­ni­ca­tion and In­for­ma­tion Sys­tem’s (GCIS) ca­pac­ity to func­tion ef­fec­tively was neu­tralised.

Wil­liams tes­ti­fied that Muthambi tried to des­tabilise the ser­vice to cre­ate con­di­tions favou­rable to cir­cum­vent­ing the govern­ment’s pres­cribed pro­cure­ment pro­cesses.

Muthambi, who de­moted Wil­liams to vice di­rec­tor-gen­eral, emo­tion­ally abused her so much that she was hav­ing anx­i­ety at­tacks, Wil­liams said.

ABOVE: Phumla Wil­liams says Faith Muthambi (RIGHT) “tor­tured” her.

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