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The judicial commission for investigating allegations of state detention will continue on Monday in Parktown, Johannesburg.

It is expected that CEO Phumla Williams of the Government Communication and Information System (GCIS) will continue her testimony.

On Friday, Williams said that former CEO Jimmy Manyi sent her a text message when she delivered evidence. This was after having implicated him and told the investigation that he had irregularly altered the tendering procedures at GCIS and had placed all final decisions under him.

Manyi replaced Themba Maseko in 2011, who was fired after defying a prescription from former president Jacob Zuma to "help" the Guptas, who demanded that GCIS media costs be channeled to the New Age.

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Williams had informed the committee that a bid committee, which had the final say on all offers, had been set up by the predecessors of Manyi.

Months after his controversial appointment, however, Manyi removed all established parties in the committee and sent all final decisions by himself.

Williams told the committee that the new members were not trained in government procurement regulations and the government finance and management law.

She said that the composition of the committee was also in conflict with the Treasury regulations as the chief financial officer was excluded.

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Williams said Manyi had hired junior officials, including those he brought from the labor department to the GCIS.

She also told the committee that Manyi had changed the reporting lines of the media buying unit and placed them directly under him.

News24 reported that the GCIS was using an R600m media purchase budget on behalf of the national departments.

The committee heard that at least R50m was spent on the New Age / SABC breakfast organized by government ministers and heads of state.


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