Former Government Communication and Information System (GCIS) head Mzwanele Manyi says he introduced some changes at the department after finding a “mini VBS” when he arrived in 2011. Manyi is testifying at the state-capture inquiry, giving his side of the story after damning testimony by current government spokesperson Phumla Williams. Manyi became GCIS head in February 2011 when Themba Maseko was fired by former president Jacob Zuma. Maseko testified that he was fired after he refused to do the Guptas’ bidding.

Manyi has been a staunch support of Zuma and a known Gupta associate and defender. In 2017, he bought the Guptas' media assets; The New Age newspaper and TV channel ANN7. Earlier in 2018, the newspaper was put under provisional liquidation and the TV station was dropped from the DStv platform where it operated a 24-hour news channel. Williams, who testified at the inquiry in August, said that when Manyi arrived at GCIS he changed the entire bid adjudication committee ...

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