What meeting? Ex-minister sidesteps Manyi question at Zondo
Mildred Oliphant, Baloyi grilled over how GCIS chief Themba Maseko was elbowed out
Former government communications boss Themba Maseko’s transfer out of that department in 2011 came under the spotlight at the state capture inquiry on Tuesday when former cabinet ministers who oversaw the transition took the stand.
Former labour minister Mildred Oliphant and former public service and administration minister Richard Baloyi both attempted to explain how Maseko was shuffled out of GCIS and replaced with state capture-implicated Mzwanele Manyi.
This has been one of the key focuses of the state capture inquiry since Maseko took the stand in 2018. According to his testimony, he was threatened with dismissal by members of the Gupta family if he did not comply with their request to transfer GCIS’s R600m budget to their media assets. Only a few months after he met the family, Maseko was given the boot and GCIS advertising funds to Gupta-owned media entity, The New Age, increased. ..