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Former communications minister Faith Muthambi has hit back at testimony given by acting government spokesperson Phumla Williams to the commission of inquiry investigating state capture, calling the spokesperson a “shameful manipulator” and a “liar”. She further accused Williams of having an “almost psychotic hatred” for her. During her appearance before deputy chief justice Raymond Zondo, Williams painted an ugly picture of the former minister.

Muthambi has been found to have had ties to the Gupta family, who are at the centre of state capture allegations. The leaked Gupta e-mails showed how Muthambi had shared cabinet information with the family. Williams was close to tears when she testified at the commission on Monday, recounting how Muthambi had stripped her of her powers and neutralised the capacity of the Government Communication and Information System (GCIS). She alleged that Muthambi had mistreated her to such an extent that she had relived the torture she had endured ...

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