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‘Punished for snubbing the Guptas’

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Themba Maseko
Themba Maseko

Former government spokesperson Themba Maseko has broken his silence on his exit from government, saying it was President Jacob Zuma’s way of punishing him for snubbing the Guptas.

In an interview with City Press this week, Maseko said Zuma instructed late former minister in the presidency Collins Chabane to “redeploy me or terminate my contract” – which came hardly two months after a threatening call from one of the Gupta brothers, who had been desperately lobbying for government advertising.

At the time, government was spending up to R600 million in media platforms and the Guptas had wanted that expenditure to be transferred to their media companies, said Maseko.

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