Mrs Gi­gaba stands by her man

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Noma Gi­gaba is re­fus­ing to leave her hus­band, Home Affairs Min­is­ter Malusi Gi­gaba, af­ter his al­leged fling with New York-based fash­ion­ista Buhle Mkhize. Af­ter ten­sion with the woman be­lieved to be the min­is­ter’s for­mer mis­tress es­ca­lated this week, Noma vows that she is stand­ing by her man de­spite nu­mer­ous phone calls and emails from Mkhize, in which she begged her to leave her mar­riage, or al­low her to be­come Gi­gaba’s se­cond wife.

City Press has seen a se­ries of emails from Mkhize to Noma sent early last year in which the mis­tress gives her an ul­ti­ma­tum: ei­ther she di­vorces Gi­gaba, or she has to pay Mkhize to go away.

A close con­fi­dante of Noma told City Press that in May last year, five months be­fore news of the scan­dal broke, Mkhize told Noma on the phone that she wanted to be­come Gi­gaba’s se­cond wife.

But when Noma re­fused, Mkhize al­legedly told her: “I would only leave you alone if you pay me a fi­nan­cial set­tle­ment.”

At the time, she didn’t say how much money she wanted.

A month later, Mkhize sent an email in which she asked Noma: “Why are you not leav­ing af­ter I told you ev­ery­thing?”

Af­ter Noma ig­nored her mails, an in­creas­ingly frus­trated Mkhize mailed again, say­ing: “Why are you not re­spond­ing to my email? I’ve de­cided that I’ll make it my duty to give you the up­date of what’s hap­pen­ing now, be­cause I’ve re­alised Malusi has and will twist any­thing in his favour.”

Noma’s con­fi­dante told City Press this week that she has for­given her hus­band and now feels sorry for him be­cause “he is very sorry for what he has done”. The cou­ple are now “happy to­gether”, she said.

“Noma and Malusi love each other. He did show how re­morse­ful he was af­ter Buhle came out in pub­lic about their af­fair,” the friend said.

“They are stronger than ever and they are there for each other.”

News of the af­fair broke on In­sta­gram in Oc­to­ber and Mkhize re­vealed all the sor­did de­tails in a se­ries of In­sta­gram posts, as well as in an open let­ter. She re­vealed how she and Gi­gaba struck up their af­fair be­fore he mar­ried Noma, how she found out about his wed­ding on In­sta­gram, and how he pleaded with her to con­tinue their re­la­tion­ship. She also al­leged that, just af­ter his hon­ey­moon, Gi­gaba told her he loved her, and that af­ter the news of their af­fair broke, Gi­gaba ar­ranged with in­tel­li­gence agen­cies to give R500 000 to Mkhize in ex­change for her si­lence.

But Noma started re­ceiv­ing emails from Mkhize long be­fore that, a few months af­ter she got mar­ried in De­cem­ber 2014.

In one email sent to Noma just be­fore 7am on June 2 last year, Mkhize threat­ens: “If Malusi is in­sist­ing that he’s not tak­ing me back, I’m not go­ing to let him walk free. I’m go­ing to at­tempt pri­vately ne­go­ti­at­ing with him un­til 10am to­day and I’ll then pro­ceed to con­tact me­dia. I am not will­ing to ne­go­ti­ate any­thing with him in pri­vate af­ter 10am to­day.”

“And if he says that I’ve threat­ened to go to the news­pa­pers, it’s true ... And I know South African me­dia is use­less. I will play them.”

The feud be­tween the two women con­tin­ued this week when Mkhize took to In­sta­gram to threaten to sue Noma for defama­tion for call­ing her a “pros­ti­tute”.

One of Mkhize’s In­sta­gram fol­low­ers tagged Noma in a post on Mon­day, in which she sug­gested that Noma dresses more like Mkhize. Mkhize re­sponded by thank­ing her for “ad­vis­ing the min­is­ter’s wife on how to dress”. Noma then re­sponded hotly: “Fokof wena pros­ti­tute ndini ena­m­anga. Hamba uy­o­day­isa as usual [F**k off you ly­ing pros­ti­tute. Go sell your body as usual].”

Af­ter that, said Noma’s con­fi­dante, Mkhize sent her di­rect mes­sages de­mand­ing an apol­ogy. She also pub­licly posted: “I will not give you that peace un­less you apol­o­gise, be­cause you’ve hurt my dig­nity with th­ese insults. An apol­ogy is the only thing that will make me never say any­thing at all.”

Noma deleted her In­sta­gram ac­count on Mon­day and Mkhize has since deleted all the of­fend­ing posts.

Noma de­clined to com­ment this week. “I’m fo­cus­ing on my fam­ily right now,” she said. Her friend said she would do “any­thing to pro­tect her fam­ily”.

When City Press sent a mes­sage to Mkhize on In­sta­gram ask­ing for com­ment, she re­sponded: “What else are you go­ing to ask me? I’ve said ev­ery­thing that I wanted to say. She’s the one who started it with the dis­re­spect.”

Friends say that at first Noma used to have a mini break­down ev­ery time Mkhize posted com­ments about her, but now it doesn’t af­fect her as much.

They say she doesn’t need her hus­band’s money and re­mains in the re­la­tion­ship be­cause she loves him. When they met, she had a job, a lux­ury house in Bryanston and two cars.

“Noma can af­ford a lux­ury life­style – she doesn’t need Gi­gaba’s money,” said her friend.

The only thing the min­is­ter has said about his al­leged af­fair was in a state­ment re­leased Oc­to­ber last year.

“My fam­ily, in par­tic­u­lar my wife, has been sub­jected to a pro­tracted cam­paign of pub­lic em­bar­rass­ment and cy­ber­ha­rass­ment. I re­gret ex­pos­ing my fam­ily to such an in­di­vid­ual, but truly can only blame my­self. The defama­tion has left me no op­tion but to speak out and seek le­gal reme­dies to pro­tect my loved ones.” Qui­te­ria & Ge­orge Pop­u­lar de­sign duo Qui­te­ria & Ge­orge are very busy ahead of the J&B Met, dress­ing me­dia per­son­al­i­ties and besties Khanya Mkangisa and Boity Thulo, as well as ac­tress and pre­sen­ter Dineo Moeketsi and singer Ta­mara Dey. Of their cre­ations, they say: “It is ob­vi­ously all about the in­di­vid­u­al­ity of each woman, but each of them wanted to be com­fort­able and make their own in­di­vid­ual state­ment.” So what are they cook­ing up? “For Dineo, very la­dy­like and struc­tured. You can ex­pect to see a more dar­ing and sexy Boity. For Khanya, a short, el­e­gant and very fu­tur­is­tic out­fit, and Ta­mara is go­ing for a laid-back, sexy, 60s look.” Gert-Jo­han Coetzee If there were ever a lo­cal celebrity de­signer, Coetzee could very well be it. The glam, white, 20s cre­ation worn by Bo­nang Matheba at the re­cent L’Or­marins Queen’s Plate was a hit, and she was the only star he dressed. For next week’s J&B Met, he is dress­ing me­dia per­son­al­ity Jen Su and says: “I am in­ter­pret­ing the theme by blend­ing high fash­ion with a high­pro­file horser­ace, so I am mix­ing bold colours with a sim­ple, strong de­sign to cre­ate a win­ning red car­pet blend.” Sello Medupe Un­der his la­bel Scalo, de­signer Medupe will be dress­ing Blue Mbombo and Thembi Seete for the J&B Met. “I am in­ter­pret­ing this year’s theme ac­cord­ing to the per­son­al­ity of each woman. I be­lieve that to make a rare blend, one needs to be an in­di­vid­ual first. I have cre­ated their gar­ments us­ing bright colours, so­phis­ti­cated cuts and hour­glass sil­hou­ettes.” Tuelo Nguyuza – Col­lec­tiv Nguyuza’s la­bel, Col­lec­tiv, fea­tured on many a so­cial page re­cently for the beau­ti­ful gar­ment worn by ra­dio and TV per­son­al­ity Min­nie Dlamini at the L’Or­marins Queen’s Plate race. For the J&B Met, Nguyuza and his team are de­sign­ing for Tumi Voster. “It is our first time dress­ing some­one for this oc­ca­sion and, with the theme be­ing A Rare Blend, we con­sid­ered Tumi’s own wardrobe aes­thetic and blended it with our de­sign aes­thetic to come up with her spe­cial en­sem­ble, which will be re­vealed next week.” The J&B Met takes place on Satur­day at Cape Town’s Ke­nil­worth Race­course

PHO­TOS: KHAYA NG­WENYA / IN­STA­GRAM PHOTO: DEN­VOR DE WEE

Home Affairs Min­is­ter Malusi Gi­gaba and his wife, Noma, have been em­broiled in a bat­tle with Buhle Mkhize (in­set), who has al­legedly been de­mand­ing money from the min­is­ter fol­low­ing the end of an al­leged af­fair Bo­nang Matheba cham­pi­ons Gert-Jo­han Coetzee at the 2014 J&B Met

PHOTO: IN­STA­GRAM/ @MIN­NIE DLAMINI PHOTO: LEON SADIKI

Min­nie Dlamini wears Tuelo Nguyuza Col­lec­tiv

at the L’Or­marins

Queen’s Plate 2016 Thembi Seete at the 2010 J&B Met. She

will be wear­ing a cre­ation by

Sello Medupe’s Scalo la­bel

this year

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