Maseko: Former president. Jacob Zuma “lied” under oath on July 16 this year when he testified before the Zondo Commission.
Maseko was a thorn in the flesh of Ajay Gupta specifically.
This Gupta brother teased him about channeling the full budget for government advertising to the Gupta newspaper The New Age. Maseko refused.
According to Maseko’s previous testimony, Ajay Gupta threatened him not to cooperate. He was punished for this.
However, Zuma argued in his testimony before the Zondo Commission that he was not the cause of Maseko being moved and that it was a decision of the Cabinet.
Adv. Kate Hofmeyr, the commission’s witness leader, said the commission had conducted extensive investigations into the Cabinet meeting on February 2, 2011, and there is no indication that the Cabinet made such a decision (as Zuma said in his testimony).
The Zondo Commission also made inquiries to the presidency about whether there was any information on the meeting classified as confidential. The presidency announced Tuesday evening that there are no classified sections.
Hofmeyr said everything about the cabinet meeting in question is therefore known and there is no indication that a cabinet decision was made on Maseko and the man who would succeed him, Mzwanele (Jimmy) Manyi.
Maseko testified that he was at that cabinet meeting. Chabane just made an announcement. There was no discussion or debate about this.
Zuma said at the end of the cabinet meeting that Chabane had an announcement to make. Chabane made the announcement, but there was no discussion either not decided by the Cabinet – only the announcement, Maseko testified.
Maseko said Zuma’s testimony that it was Chabane who was in dispute with Maseko is also false. He testified that he differed from Zuma’s testimony on this matter.
Manyi, who testified after Maseko, complained Wednesday afternoon that the commission is pushing him into a corner by calling him back to answer questions. Zondo said he must continue with his testimony.