STATE CAPTURE INQUIRY
Former government spokesperson tells state-capture inquiry about fear of reprisal
Former government spokesperson Themba Maseko said he was threatened by the Guptas that if he did not do as they asked, he would be “dealt with”. Maseko told the state capture inquiry that he felt the way the controversial family approached him was inappropriate and uncalled for. “Firstly making demands on me as a public official … making demands summoning me to the house and threatening that if I do not do what they’re asking of me, I will be dealt with,” he said. “I felt that to be inappropriate … They were asking me to break the laws of the land.” Maseko is the fourth witness to testify at the state capture inquiry headed by deputy chief justice Raymond Zondo. He and former ANC MP Vytjie Mentor have both directly linked former president Jacob Zuma to acts amounting to state capture. This is not the first time the Guptas have been accused of threatening those who did not bend to their will. During his testimony, former deputy finance minister Mcebisi Jonas alleged that Ajay Gupta h...
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