Former government spokesperson and Government Communication and Information System (GCIS) CEO Themba Maseko has told the state-capture inquiry about how former president Jacob Zuma had him removed from his post after he refused to do the Guptas’ bidding. Maseko met with Ajay Gupta in 2010 and was instructed to ensure that GCIS’s R600m budget was spent on The New Age newspaper and ANN7. Before the meeting Maseko said he received a call from Zuma telling him to help the Guptas. He alleged that Ajay Gupta told him to go to all departments and ministers, tell them to transfer their budgets into the GCIS account, and that his "only job is to make sure the money comes to me and The New Age newspaper". Maseko said he refused to do this and that he felt the request was unlawful. Regarding his exit from the public service in January 2011, Maseko said then minister Collins Chabane informed him that Chabane had received a call from Zuma instructing him to terminate Maseko’s contract. Zuma was ...

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