“Therefore, support for community and small media, new initiatives like TNA was not intended to enable state capture, as opined by the report, but to promote media diversity.
“It is unfortunate that in implementing government policy, GCIS is now branded an enabler of state capture. If perhaps in the various departments there was undue pressure to spend with TNA, it is unfair and wrong to attribute that pressure to GCIS.”
The inquiry report found the circumstances in which Manyi was transferred to the GCIS from the department of employment & labour, where he was director-general, to be dubious and came after the then GCIS CEO Themba Maseko rejected an instruction by Zuma to “assist” the Guptas.
The commission said, based on its findings, the enablement of state capture would not have happened under Maseko.
The report holds a misguided and factually incorrect view that GCIS under Maseko would have resisted what the report referred to as the Guptas’ incessant pressure on the government departments to divert their media spend to their businesses.
“It is not clear how the report came to such a spurious conclusion because GCIS was not 'Big Brother' to any department,” said Manyi.