Johannesburg - Cheryl Carolus has detailed how the former director-general at the department of public enterprises tried to convince South African Airways (SAA) to "support" The New Age (TNA) newspaper.
Carolus pushed back against efforts to get the struggling airline to buy advertising space in TNA when the newspaper was starting out.
TNA was owned by the Gupta family and acted as a government mouthpiece and it was later sold to businessman Mzwanele Manyi.
The former ANC deputy secretary general was testifying at the commission on Wednesday.
Carolus said she was called into a meeting by the former director-general of the department of public enterprises Tshediso Matona who wanted to discuss TNA.