Johannesburg - Former government spokesperson Mzwanele Manyi has questioned the credibility of the witnesses who have testified at the Zondo commission of inquiry into state capture.
Manyi was giving his testimony at the commission on Monday, where he gave evidence relating to his tenure as chief executive of the Government Communication and Information Systems (GCIS) between the 2011 and 2012. During the period, The New Age newspaper - then owned by the Gupta family - received around R8 million of the R194m GCIS media advertising budget.
Manyi - a close Gupta ally who bought the family’s media assets when they left the country - has poured cold water on the testimony given by other witnesses, who implicated the Guptas and former president Jacob Zuma in state capture allegations.
These included former GCIS head Themba Maseko, Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan and former deputy finance minister Mcebisi Jonas.
“People that have been here have been very poetic without producing evidence. As I sit here now, I can’t point to any piece of evidence that anybody here put on this table, but I know a lot of lyrics,” Manyi said.
He called Gordhan’s evidence to the commission - which related to his tenure as finance minister under Zuma - very poor and lacking in credibility.