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.