FORMER government spokesman Mzwanele Manyi wants to clear his name.
Manyi wrote on his Twitter account yesterday that he had written to the Commission of Inquiry into State Capture.
“I have asked Judge Zondo for an opportunity to present my version of what I did at the Government Communication and Information System. I’m waiting to hear from them,” he wrote on Twitter.
Manyi sent an SMS to acting government spokeswoman, Phumla Williams, while she was testifying on Friday.
“I think he’s trying to influence my submission‚” Williams told the commission’s head, deputy chief justice Raymond Zondo.
On Monday Manyi submitted an affidavit to the commission explaining his phone call and SMS to Williams during Friday’s tea break. Williams was testifying that she had been stripped of her powers and the government’s advertising budget had been irregularly spent on The New Age-SABC breakfasts.
Manyi told her via SMS that the breakfasts didn’t take place during his time as director-general.
Zondo asked inquiry lawyers to prepare documents for him to decide whether to summon Manyi to explain himself.
In his affidavit‚ Manyi said Williams had testified about the bullying of the procurement team but didn’t reveal when this had happened or who had done it.
“The lead investigator then asked Williams to reveal the identity of the person who did the bullying. Williams responded and said the bullying was done by the CFO, Zweli Momeka,” he wrote.
He said he sent the message to help Williams with the timeline of events.
“She didn’t pick up my call.”
Manyi said in desperation he went further and texted Williams to say: “Hi Phumla‚ please indicate that the CFO Zweli Momeka and the breakfasts happened after my era.”