Johannesburg - Former South African president Jacob Zuma, who is at the centre of corruption and state capture allegations, on Tuesday, denied having anything to do with the coercion of former member of Parliament (MP) Vytjie Mentor to take up a ministerial post or the removal of ex-government spin doctor Themba Maseko for refusing to bow to the Gupta family's demands.
Zuma's replies to evidence leader Advocate Paul Pretorius were "no", "I do not know" and "I cannot comment, I wasn't there", a complete contrast of his Monday testimony where he made spy allegations against certain African National Congress (ANC) leaders.
The former president said Mentor was "exaggerating" in her testimony implicating him, and washed his hands off the firing of Maseko in 2011. Maseko told the inquiry that he was fired after refusing to give the Gupta family a sizeable chunk of the Government Communication and Information System's (GCIS's) R600m advertising spend.
Zuma denied initiating the sacking of Maseko and subsequent transferal to the public service department in 2011. The late Collins Chabane, who was a minister in the presidency at the time, was the responsible authority for director-generals and could have used his name to remove Maseko, he said.
"The minister [Chabane] could have decided to transfer Maseko, that has nothing to do with the president. I do not remember exactly but I know there was a bit of shifting of director-generals around that time. I might not remember the reason why that happened...but all that relies with the department of public service."