Johannesburg - Statistics SA on Friday shot down former media owner Mzwanele "Jimmy" Manyi's testimony at the state capture commission of inquiry that it paid R64 million to a contractor who failed to deliver work for the 2011 census campaign.
"Stats SA can confirm that it indeed paid a service provider R64 million for creative advertising concepts and production services that were rendered during Census 2011, in compliance with all supply chain management prescripts. The organisation has complete trust in the work of the Zondo commission and will cooperate with the commission on all matters relating to this issue," the organisation said.
A confident Manyi insisted to take the stand on Wednesday at the commission, although he is scheduled to be cross-examined next week after Government Communication and Information System (GCIS) boss Phumla Williams implicated him in her evidence at the commission.
The once owner of the now-defunct The New Age newspaper and ANN7, revealed startling claims under oath, saying that he dismantled a 'mini VBS' at GCIS when he arrived back in 2011.
He told chairman Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo that all he wanted was to be allowed to state his side of the story against Williams'. He accused her of being part of the corruption by the GCIS bid adjudication committee and its procurement division. Manyi added that a National Treasury probe showed that R7 million was irregularly paid to a service provider and R64 million for work not rendered, he told the commission.