Alone in the ring, it seemed sort Mzwanele Manyi star. The former media mogul and spin government doctor had all the stage to itself for three hours on Monday as it set the scene with & # 39; thorough response b & # 39; writing to set & # 39; anticipate questions the legal team & # 39; inquiry State Capture had it. But then the senior lawyer Vincent Maleka Commission maintained its claims and things were not so good for Manyi.
Inserted in & # 39; topics included his transfer to the Systems & # 39; Communication and Government Information System (GCIS) in 2011, and took control of purchasing media unit and the prevalence & # 39; "White corporate capture" he said led to liquidation & # 39; The New Age, Manyi – uninterrupted – presented his take on issues before the President of the Commission, the Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo.
Delivering & # 39; his one hand seemed almost convincing except that followed earlier testimony from his predecessor, Themba Maseko, and several others about the intentions of & # 39; Gupta for GCIS going back.
Maseko was allegedly xhtiet request from Gupta to get & # 39; entered the government advertising for their company's planned media back in 2010.
they set The New Age the next year, followed by TV channel still lost, ann7.
Manyi continued to buy media empire by Gupta & # 39; financing agreement strange retailer in 2017 in & # 39; that was considered & # 39; broadly & # 39; an offer for & # 39; escape after the country's banks had completed the company accounts Gupta. The New Age newspaper, repeated again as Afro Voice, got his feet earlier in 2018 when Manyi filed for liquidation.
By the time the senior counsel Commission Vincent Maleka finally succeeded ask Manyi on Gupta and his tenure in GCIS during their media company continued to uncover millions & # 39; Rand f & # 39, government advertising decline, the apple and guava comparisons of & # 39; Manyi failed to add.
Many have sought to portray a picture & # 39; "false narrative" where everyone had diverse argue that Gupta was bottling a huge cash in government advertising.
The reality, he witnesses, was that they were but "sliver" on pie charts that he brought for the financial years 2011/2012 and 2012/2013.
Out of a total advertising spend R194 million in the first year, Manyi evidence, Gupta got a little more than R8 million.
Consider anti-portion & # 39; R68-million & # 39; the SABC pie, Naspers range & # 39; about R17 million and Tiso Blackstar b & # 39; 11 million and VET b & # 39; R8 million.
He said that Gupta has not arrived on the scene and "gobble" chunks & # 39; government advertising. Expenditure on them was proportionate, said.
Many said that although Media24 had a large number of & # 39; stable publications, the majority, 90% & # 39; that R17 million, was spent on Picture City.
Maleka urged the first hole to indicate that his comparison was unfounded.
They did not consider that the TNA was essentially company & # 39; one newspaper. And that scored big when compared to & # 39; another, like Picture City"Distinctly African newspaper" received bad R199,322 for the same period.
This newspaper was in its infancy, some decades ago & # 39; years, Maleka said, adding that the media company owned & # 39; Gupta received 20 times more than Picture City.
Maleka emphasized more examples like Sun & # 39; Daily, And in the Media24 stable and, although it has the largest circulation figures, only received R8,778 for the same period.
Now Manyi ask, "so what?"
Maleka said: "Mr Manyi brought figures to persuade the Commission to TNA few successful government. When we try to examine those figures … we say that it is a technical exercise. X & # 39; is the point of production will be if we can neżaminawha on a more analytical basis? "
Many stated that dissemination of newspapers can & # 39; is determined by the needs of the GCIS.
"The GCIS is body & # 39; social development needed to spread things the same way, "said Manyi.
He said the media buying unit used recognized electronic system considered several factors in deciding where you & # 39; spend government money.
He told the Commission that the GCIS to follow only the electronic Telmar system; also had agenda & # 39; transformation to implement to support the development and media diversity.
Maleka explained that the Commission will conduct interviews using the Telmar system and intends to show The New Age Nor was subjected.
Maleka mentioned other examples of & # 39; the allocation for individual newspapers while Gupta scored millions in & # 39; that first year: The Times: R183,379, The Herald: R255,000, The Citizen: just over R240,000 and The Star in & # 39; R97,000.
Mark Justice Zondo: "The difference is huge. You acknowledge that the difference is large?"
Many deny, but states that this was justified because the government was frustrated by inaccurate reports and many critics in the mainstream media.
"On a comparative basis, they are & # 39; daily papers that have been in business for some time and all of them gained less than R200,000 per year. TNA However, in its first year of business, gained more than R8.5 million from that, "said Maleka.
The newspaper Gupta, Manyi said, was a breath of & # 39; fresh air was "welcomed and accepted" for its willingness to communicate the government's message b & # 39; accuracy.
The good news and the generosity of the GCIS went The New Age, He said, because "people embrace new things".
"The GCIS is not a scapegoat to be informed by government departments. Because the GCIS m & # 39; has its own budget … spending budgets & # 39; the other departments advertising.
"We conveyor belt and deliver mandated by various government departments. "
Manyi said he saw nothing wrong with Gupta who managed to enter the media industry.
"No evidence & # 39; & # 39 misconduct; Gupta "
Many apparently not buy any witnesses brought before the Commission & # 39; now.
"As you sit & # 39; here today, do you accept that the Gupta family members and businesses themselves have been seriously implicated in serious malicious and State Capture? "
Manyi said: "Do not know.
"I had high hopes when Estina [dairy] scandal brought before the courts but then began to foster the state. I do not even know where it will end.
"Put people to work to nikkundanna based poetry. "
He said that people can be mentioned but to be involved, there must be corroborative evidence.
"And I failed to find evidence of & # 39; such. "
Maleka wondering if he has no reason to doubt that the Commission had said Maseko.
Manyi said: "Yes, there is reason for doubt."
Maseko, said, did not say that former President Jacob Zuma said he was not & # 39; thinking about the process. Zuma Maseko allegedly called to ask for help Gupta b & # 39; media ambitions.
"The characterization of the request was transmitted as if Zuma was trying to get him to do something that was illegal. That is why I have doubts. "
Asked whether any reason to doubt that the former deputy finance minister Mcebisi Jonas told the Commission, Manyi said: "Yes, I have reason to doubt".
He said this was because Jonas was not clear on what Gupta brother was referring to could not understand why he ran deputy minister & # 39; & # 39 ahead with; this small head (Duduzane Zuma) to drive to an unfamiliar place (Guidance & # 39; Gupta & # 39; Saxonwold compound).
I am unable to people who have those kinds of & # 39; gaps, Manyi said.
He did semmax testimony of former finance minister Nhlanhla Nene how was issued by Zuma.
As former finance minister, Pravin Gordhan?
"I had booked a day to hear all & # 39; him. I thought he would have tangible information. I looked, sat there, heard and heard. I lost concentration. "
Then asked if heaven & # 39; general former director of the National Treasury, Lungisa Fuzile, and what he said has been said about a new minister arrived at the Treasury to replace Nene and that he will come with "Indian consultants", Manyi said he doubted it well. DM
The Commission will & # 39; continue with the testimony of & # 39; Manyi 9 & # 39; Tuesday.
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