Watching his hand and eye gestures and his relentless posturing was trying as it made listening to his testimony tough. His body language suggested that this man did not care about the damage done to ordinary people by “state capture”.
His testimony was general and did not unveil anything of value. Unlike previous individuals who testified, Manuel seemed uninterested, giving directionless, vague answers which made no impact and added nothing new.
For a person who was a senior government leader for many years and who lived lavishly off the taxpayer, South Africans deserved a more generous input from Trevor Manuel.
He kept referring to past reports and their findings without saying anything specific. He kept on talking like a typical politician, saying a hell of a lot yet nothing of value.