Acting Government Communication and Information System (GCIS) director-general Phumla Williams has told the state capture inquiry that she believes her former boss, Mzwanele Manyi, is trying to influence her testimony. Williams was testifying about her experience at GCIS after Themba Maseko was effectively fired by former president Jacob Zuma. He was replaced by Manyi, who is a staunch supporter of the former president and a known Gupta associate. Last year, Manyi bought the Guptas’ media assets — The New Age (TNA) newspaper and ANN7. This year, the newspaper was put under provisional liquidation and the TV station has stopped broadcasting. On Friday, following a tea break, Williams said she had reviewed a text message from Manyi telling her to tell the commission that the TNA Business Breakfast initiative did not happen under his watch.

This was after Williams testified that she was not aware that GCIS was involved in any type of procurement to do with the breakfasts, but bec...

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