State capture whistleblower Themba Maseko appointed to key post at Wits governance school

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Themba Maseko  testifies in the State Capture Commission.
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Former CEO of the Government Communications and Information Systems (GCIS) Themba Maseko has announced that he was appointed as the new director of the executive development unit at the University of Witwatersrand's School of Governance (Wits).

Maseko was one of the earliest casualties of the state capture project under former president Jacob Zuma's administration. Evidence at the Zondo Commission concluded that Zuma instructed then-minister in the Presidency Collins Chabane to remove Maseko in 2010.

The first part of the State Capture Inquiry report released last week found Maseko's removal resulted in government communications enabling instances of state capture, including that The New Age newspaper scored major advertising deals with government departments and state-owned entities (SOEs).

The New Age also held high-level breakfast events, which included government ministers and SOE executives, on government's tab.

After serving as a front of resistance to the state capture project, Maseko penned a biography titled For My People: Why I Blew the Whistle On Zuma and the Guptas last year.

Maseko announced that he was appointed to the position at the Wits School of Governance in a Twitter post.

The State Capture Inquiry report found that towards the end of his time at the GCIS, Maseko stood up to attempts by the Guptas to have their way with GCIS and public finances.

* Update: This story has been updated to clarify that Maseko was appointed as director of executive development, a unit within the Wits school of governance. 

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