Cape Argus

Gigaba claims estranged wife tried to ‘trap’ him


FORMER minister Malusi Gigaba claimed his estranged wife, Norma Mngoma, tried to “trap” him and described her as an “accomplish­ed” and “extensive” liar.

He disputed her affidavit where she claimed Ajay Gupta told Gigaba about his ministeria­l appointmen­t before it happened.

He also alleged that Mngoma misreprese­nted details around their divorce. According to Gigaba, Mngoma approached him in January this year and made several propositio­ns to him.

He said Mngoma asked him to finalise their divorce and agree on a settlement amount because “she cannot walk away with nothing”.

She also allegedly asked him to withdraw the criminal case against her where she damaged his friend’s vehicle.

Gigaba said she told him that she could withdraw from giving evidence at the State Capture Commission.

“I told her that the commission didn’t just pick on her. She did an interview on eNCA and offered herself to the commission,” he said.

He said she insisted his lawyers speak to her legal representa­tives regarding her demands. He said it was not long after that that Mngoma did an interview with City Press where she claimed he tried to bribe her not to give evidence at the commission.

“I called my lawyers and told them this was all a trap. There will be no more communicat­ion with her lawyers,” Gigaba said. The former minister returned to the Commission of Inquiry into State Capture to continue his evidence on Transnet-related contracts and issues while he was the Minister of Public Enterprise­s.

Even though former Transnet chief executive Brian Molefe scored less than another candidate on his interviews, he was still given the top job.

Gigaba said they wanted Molefe to run the parastatal as he had worked for the Public Investment Corporatio­n – one of the country’s largest investment funds. Gigaba stated that the board shortliste­d three candidates but did not indicate their preferred candidate.

He also maintained that there was nothing untoward about Molefe’s appointmen­t and they had followed the proper procedures before the

Cabinet’s approval. He said there was “commendabl­e progress” after Molefe was appointed. Earlier, the commission heard Transnet-related evidence from its former chief financial officer, Anoj Singh. The Zondo Commission heard how the Gupta enterprise pocketed about 85% of the total estimated R49 billion of state funds via dodgy deals at Transnet.

Singh was chief financial officer of Transnet at the time, but told Justice Zondo that he had no knowledge about the Guptas’ looting of the state.

Justice Zondo called on Singh to explain how the Guptas were able to make away with billions of rand under his watch at the parastatal.

Singh also said the highly irregular contract for the procuremen­t of 1 064 locomotive­s – that set the scene for the greatest Gupta looting – was “quite a significan­t achievemen­t” in South African history.

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