Only in the ring, Oswald Manny was like a star. The first Media Mogul and government spin doctor gave this stage all three hours on Monday when he set the scene with a carefully scripted response to a set of anticipated questions that the state's catching legal team had for him. But then the senior lawyer commission Vincent Maleka pushed holes in his climbs and things did not look so good for Mrs. More.
Including its transfer to Government Communications and Information Systems (GCIS) in 2011, taking control of the media buying unit and the prevalence of "White Company capture" that he triggered the liquidation of The New Age, Mani – Uninterrupted – submitted his name on issues before Commission Chairman, Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo.
His one-sided delivery was almost convincing that it came in the back of earlier witness by his predecessor Thimbao Maseko and some others about the Gupta intentions for GSIS going way back.
Maceco has testified to an alleged request by the Guptas to redirect government advertising spend on its planned media company back in 2010.
They founded The New Age The next year, followed by their now fixed TV channel, ANN7.
Mani went to buy the Gupta Media Empire through a bizarre vendor financing contract in 2017, which is widely seen as a rescue bid after the country's bank has terminated the Gupta company accounts. The New Age The newspaper, renounced as Afro Voice, was barely up in 2018 when Mani filed for liquidation.
The Time of the Underwriters Winner Commission Vincent Maleka finally asked Mely about the Guptas and his tenure in GISIS during which their media company went to clinical millions of brands in government spending, Manny Apple and Guava comparisons failed to add up.
Mani has sought to paint a picture of a "false story" that all and sundry are claiming that the Guptas has had huge money in government advertising.
The truth, he was witness, was that they were a "splinter" on pie charts, which he brought along for the financial years 2011/2012 and 2012/2013.
Out of a total advertising spend from R194 million in the first year, Mani said, the Guptas got just over R8 million.
Considering that the r 68 millions of submarines of the submarcine slab, a Nazpers spread around R17 million and Tyso Blackstar with R11 million and YTW with R8 million.
He said the Guptas did not arrive on the scene and "gobble up" large pieces of government advertising. The spend on them is proportional, he said.
Manyi, although Media 24 has a lot of publications in its stable, the scope, at 90% of the R17 million, is spent on City Press.
Maleka poked the first hole to point out that his comparison is not well-established.
They did not consider that TNA was essentially a single-newspaper company. And that they scored great compared to another, like City Press, A "distinctly African newspaper" which received a conflict R199,322 for the same time.
This was not a newspaper in his childhood, it was around the decade, Maleko said, adding that the Gupta-owned media company has received 20 times more than City Press.
Maleka highlighted more examples Daily son, Also in the 24th media, and which, though it has the highest circulation figures, has received only R8, 778 for the same time.
Now, Manny asks, "So what?"
Said Maleka: "Mr Mani brought figures to persuade the Commission that TNA got so small of the government when we try to examine those figures … We are told that this is a technical exercise, which is the point of producing it, if we can Can not be able to examine it on a more analytical basis?
Manyi said that the distribution of papers could have been determined by the GIS requirements.
"GSIS is not a social development entity required to distribute the items directly, "said Mr.
He said the media buying unit used a recognized electronic system that consider various factors when you decide where to spend government money.
He told the commission that GCIS did not just follow the electronic telmar system; It also has a transformation agenda to implement media development and diversity.
Maleka has indicated that the Commission will interrogate the use of the Telmar system and intends to show that The New Age Is not even subject to him.
Maleka recounts other features of the allocation to individual newspapers, while the Guptas have created millions in the first year: The Times: R 183,379, the Herald: R255,000, the citizen: just over R240,000 and the stars at R97,000.
Removed Zondo's Justice: "The difference is vast. Do you confirm that the difference is vast?"
Maybe, but it is justified that government is frustrated by inaccurate and highly critical reporting through the mainstream media.
"On any comparative basis, these are daily newspapers that were in business for quite some time and all of them got less than R200,000 per year. But TNA, in its first year in business, got more than R8.5 million of that, "states Maleka.
The Gupta newspaper, Mani said, was a breath of fresh air that was "Welcome and Armed" for its Villas to communicate the government message accurately.
The good tidens and gromosity of gissy went to The New Age, He said, because "people embrace new things".
"GISs can not take the blame for being operated by government departments. Because GSIS does not have its own budget … It spends other additions to advertising advertising.
"We are the conveyor belt and carry out mandates from different government departments. "
Manyi he saw nothing wrong with the Guptas getting a helping hand to enter the media industry.
& # 39;No evidence of Gupta wrongdoing & # 39;
Many of them also do not buy most of the testimony brought before the Commission so far.
"As you can see today, do you think that the family of the Gupta family and the businesses they owned are seriously implicated in serious malfeasance and state capture? "
Said Mani: "I do not know.
"I was very pleased with the Estina [dairy] Scandal was brought before the courts, but then it began to unfree on the state. I do not even know where it's going to end up.
"I'm sad to persuade people based on poetry. "
He said that people can be remembered, but in order to be implicated, it must be proofreading.
"And I struggle to find evidence of such. "
Maleka asks if he has no reason to doubt that MESSECO told the Commission.
Said Mani: "Yes, there is a reason to doubt."
Mizeco, he said, did not say that the first president, James Zuma, said he did not care about the process. Zuma has allegedly called Maseko to ask him to help the Guptas with their media ambitions.
"Characterization of the request was relegated as if Zuma was trying to get him to do something that was unlawful. That's what I mean. "
Asked if he had no reason to doubt that the former deputy finance minister Msebisi Jonas told the commission, Manny said: "Yes, I have reason to doubt."
He said that this was because Jonas was not clear what Gupta's brother was referring to him and he could not understand what a deputy minister would have driven away with the "young guy" (Duduzane Zuma) to pass a An unfamiliar place (The Guptas' Saxonwood Compound).
I can not vouch for people who have the sort of gaps, said Manny.
He did not listen to the testimony of the former Finance Minister Nlanhalla about how he came to be fired by Zuma.
As for the former finance minister, Pravin Gordon?
"I had to leave the whole day to listen to him. I thought he would have an applicable information. I spoke, sat there, named and named. I lost concentration. "
Then he asked if he had been told the first National Treasury Director-general, Lungis Fuzile, and which he claimed to report on a new minister, whom he charged in the kindergarten to replace Nine, and that he would arrive at "Indian advisor", Mani said,. DM
The commission addresses more witnesses by Monday at 9:00 on Tuesday.
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