South Africa: Mzwanele Manyi Presents Challenge to Testimony of Phumla Williams

Top: Zondo Commission of Inquiry readies proceedings. Bottom-left: Former ANC MP Vytjie Mentor. Bottom-right: Former finance minister Nhlanhla Nene.
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Former government spokesman Mzwanele Manyi got a gap to slip into the State Capture inquiry on a limited, no-questions-asked basis on Wednesday afternoon. And in true spin-doctor style ensured his version was peppered with just the right dash of eye-popping statements.

Mzwanele Manyi was only scheduled to take the witness stand on 23 November, but the Zondo Commission's legal team had notified him of a slot for Wednesday - one which they then tried to move back to the original date - so the former media company boss moved swiftly to insist he be heard.

Addressing commission chairman, deputy chief justice Raymond Zondo himself, Manyi said he had been up all night, preparing for the day, and believed it was right that he be given an audience.

Manyi's testimony on Wednesday was concentrated on his challenge to the earlier evidence of acting GCIS Director General, Phumla Williams.

In a bid to convince Justice Zondo that Manyi may not be fully prepared to face the commission yet, senior advocate Vincent Maleka emphasised that in addition to the...

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