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Manyi: Guptas never interfered with my dept

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JOHANNESBURG - Former government spokesperson Mzwanele Jimmy Manyi says the Gupta family did not ever try to interfere with how he was running his department.

Manyi also says he knows nothing about his predecessor Themba Maseko's claims that President Jacob Zuma asked him to help the Gupta family while they were starting The New Age newspaper.

Maseko has also said the Guptas tried to force him to spend governments' advertising budget in their newspaper.

Manyi took over from Maseko at the Government Communication and Information System (GCIS).

But he says his dealings with the Gupta family were the same as his dealings with every other media organisation.

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"There was no interference whatsoever. I did my work and the interaction I have had with anyone was no different from the interaction I had with any other person as it were. There was nothing extraordinary at all."

Manyi says Maseko's claims came as news to him when they were published on Sunday.

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