- Former communications minister Faith Muthambi has rubbished the torture allegations levelled against her by Phumla Williams
- Williams delivered explosive testimony at the State Capture Inquiry on Monday, she claims to have been verbally and emotionally abused by Muthambi
- Muthambi said Williams was one of the worst manipulators she had ever met and said her testimony was a shameful attempt to pervert the truth
Former communications minister Faith Muthambi has rubbished claims of abuse and torture levelled against her by the acting director-general of the Government Communication and Information System (GCIS) Phumla Williams.
Williams delivered explosive testimony at the Commission of Inquiry into State Capture on Monday. Williams claimed that Muthambi had inflicted severe mental and emotional abuse on her which had led to the scars of torture she suffered under apartheid to be torn open.
Williams told the commission that Muthambi had caused her to relive some of the worst moments of her life and had also led to her having panic attacks. Williams said up until that point she did not believe that any person or government could have been worse than the apartheid government.
Briefly.co.za gathered that Muthambi released a statement after Williams testified in which Muthambi said she was disappointed in Williams’ obvious lies and attempts to manipulate the commission.
In the statement, Muthambi notes that Williams is the worst manipulator which she had ever met and her testimony was an obvious attempt to pervert the course of the truth.
SowetanLive.co.za reported that Muthambi said it was unfortunate that Williams could describe normal managerial processes and decisions as torture. Muthambi added that the entire matter would actually be funny if the intent behind it were not so malicious.
Williams testified that Muthambi wanted to steal from the state at almost any cost and had eventually handed nearly two-thirds of her duties to other people who she could control.
Williams said one of the crucial aspects which was removed from her was overseeing the procurement department. Williams said if Muthambi had control of procurement she would be free to loot and steal.
Muthambi said she respected and supported the work being done by the commission. Muthambi said she would be seeking legal advice on what if any recourse should be taken against Williams for her false and one-sided testimony.
Muthambi served in former president Jacob Zuma’s cabinet, she was axed when President Cyril Ramaphosa reshuffled the cabinet after he took power.
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