- Brent Simons, ex-chief director in the office of the minister to the presidency, has accused Jacob Zuma of lying in the state capture inquiry
- Testifying to the Zondo Commission, Simons claimed that Collins Chabane had not been 'name-dropping' when he said Zuma had called for Themba Maseko's removal
- Instead, Simons claims that a phone-call had indicated the ex-president was definitely involved in the dismissal of the GCIS head
Former president Jacob Zuma has been accused of being dishonest in the state capture inquiry.
TimesLIVE reports that Brent Simons, who appeared before the commission today, claimed the ex-president had lied when he denied instructing ex-minister Collins Chabane to dismiss GCIS head Themba Maseko back in 2011.
Maseko had told the Zondo Commission that Zuma had requested him to aid the notorious Gupta family, who had reportedly directed him to divert R600 million to the family's media interests.
When he had refused, he was fired by Chabane, telling the inquiry that the minister had claimed to be working on Zuma's instructions.
Zuma had denied this, but Simons testified today that he had a close relationship with the minister, adamant that this would have been out of character for Chabane to 'name-drop' as the former president had claimed, Briefly.co.za gathered.
Simons claimed that Chabane had been of the view Maseko was giving optimal leadership at the GCIS, commenting:
"He said the former president was saying to him very directly that Maseko had to be replaced. He [Zuma] mentioned the name of [former GCIS head Mzwanele] Manyi as well. There were members of staff who were present when that telephone call came."
SowetanLIVE reports that Simons had lead the Western Cape branch of the GCIS when Maseko had been fired.
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