Norma Mngoma has given us a masterclass on how State Capture Inquiry witnesses should approach the Commission: The estranged wife of former Minister Malusi Gigaba just dropped bombshell after bombshell to put the former Gupta stooge – and the billionaire brothers themselves – in some serious hot water.
We’re not even going to try and steal the show from Norma tonight. Here’s what she had to say on Monday evening:
“On several occasions, we would visit the Gupta residence in Saxonwold in Johannesburg, all together with Mr. Gigaba. Once, we attended the Gupta residence, and I personally observed Malusi leave the adjacent private meeting room”
“We both went to the Gupta’s Sun City wedding in 2013 – I posted a photo from the wedding on Facebook, but Gigaba asked me to delete it because people would pick-up where we were.”
“At the New Age Breakfast, Malusi told me that Brian Molefe was going to be moved from Transnet to Eskom. I was told this before Mr. Molefe was officially appointed to Eskom. Malusi also told me that Mr. Siyabonga Gama would also be appointed the Chief Executive Officer of Transnet – before the appointment was made.”
“I returned from Durban on 1 March, I saw my passports were missing. So were my children’s. I only found an empty passport cover for her passport, and also discovered that the copies of passports that I had made earlier and kept them in her drawer were also missing. Gigaba denied having seen them.”
“Mr. Gigaba’s sister, Gugu Gigaba has been employed at Transnet since February 2017 and she is currently a Manager in the Project Management Office. His other sister, Nozipho Gigaba, at some point after Mr. Gigaba and her were married, lived in their home while she was working at Sahara Computers – a company owned by the Gupta family.”
“Gigaba told me that his father had asked him to assist his sister, Ms. Nozipho Gigaba, to settle R850 000 bad debt in her name. He told me that he would speak to Ajay Gupta for the money. Ajay Gupta had agreed to give him the money”
“Myeni facilitated our honeymoon trip to Mauritius, Mr. Gigaba would often meet with Myeni at Sheraton Hotel for lunch and that he would go to the Gupta residence. There was then some disagreement between him and Myeni about certain decisions pertaining to the direction of SAA, which resulted in tensions between them.”
“I don’t know all of them by names. He said they were advising him about work and things they were supposed to do… Myeni once told Gigaba that if he did not do as he was told, he would go back to the Department of Home Affairs.
“Over the years, Mr Gigaba had received cash and various gifts and benefits from the Guptas. Ajay Gupta gave him a white BMW. I used that BMW as her private car, but Malusi informed me that he had given the car to one of his friends – to fix the lights – but the car was never returned.”
“The wedding cost between R4 million to R5 million. I paid all the wedding expenses, including caterers and other suppliers in cash from the bundles of cash that was received from Malusi. The Guptas paid for our Dubai honeymoon.”