Directive to transfer Maseko came from Chabane - Baloyi

Directive to transfer Maseko came from Chabane - Baloyi

Former public services and administration minister Richard Baloyi says the decision to remove Themba Maseko from Government Communication Information System (GCIS) was made by Collins Chabane.

Richard Baloyi
State Capture Inquiry

The transfer of former GCIS director-general and former government communications boss Mzwanele Manyi came under the spotlight again at State Capture Commission on Tuesday when Baloyi gave his testimony.


Baloyi contradicted Maseko's testimony that he had never spoken prior his move to public service.


Maseko- during his testimony in November -  said he only heard of his move to DPSA after a cabinet meeting.


According to Maseko, Chabane said he had received a call from former president Jacob Zuma, who was out of the country at the time, instructing him to remove Maseko. 


Baloyi said he and Maseko discussed the transfer before it was announced and Maseko consented to it.


"He said a decision has been taken that Maseko should exit. There was an executive authority's position that Maseko’s exit should be managed. 


"That was the advice he was coming to me for. It was not over the phone; I cannot remember where exactly we were.


"He said there was a decision. The responsibility to appoint and decide, to appoint and transfer and to initiate exit has to be supported by the president. So I did not ask details as to whether he as minister approached the president."


Baloyi said he was approached to help with an exit strategy.

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