- Former Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba has vehemently denied receiving bags of money from the controversial Gupta family giving testimony at the Commission into State Capture
- The ANC politician was previously accused by his estranged wife, Nomachule Mngoma, of receiving a stash of cash from the Gupta family for his personal use
- The embattled Gigaba says there is a reason why Mngoma says she never saw him fetching or carrying any cash because that would have made her complicit
Former Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba has denied receiving bags of money from the controversial Gupta family. The embattled minister had been speaking at the Commission into State Capture in Johannesburg.
Chaired by Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo, Gigaba was giving testimony after being accused by several witnesses, including his estranged wife, Nomachule Mngoma, of being close to the controversial family.
The former Public Enterprises Minister claimed as reported by the SABC that his estranged wife was trying to implicate him in wrongdoing amid their separation.
Gigaba says Mngoma has ulterior motives
“If she was there and saw me being given money, it was illicit and implicates her in an illegality. So, when she was being coached about her affidavit, it would say you didn’t see the bag or this money being given to him, you only saw it in the boot and you can only infer that it came from the Guptas.
“I wouldn’t be able to tell the chairperson exactly her motives. The reason she never saw the money being given to me or carried by me to the car – and tries to implicate the protectors – is because there was no such money.”
It was also reported by EWN that Gigaba has denied that she told Mngoma that the money in his safe was from the Guptas or that it was for African National Congress (ANC) elections.
Mngoma told the commission that was what Gigaba told her when she found him stashing cash with the safe open and she was shocked.
Gigaba explains ANC protocols
Explained the former minister:
"If you want to donate money to the ANC, you don't give it to the head of elections. The head of elections does not go around with stashes of cash to pay for whatever. You submit invoices to the office of the treasurer-general and they get paid from the office of the treasurer-general.”
State Capture Inquiry resembles "divorce court"
Meanwhile, Briefly News reported that the State Capture Inquiry resembled a divorce court when Gigaba started slagging Mngoma off as a liar, saying she portrayed herself as an IT executive from a rich family but she has nothing.
Gigaba's comments came in response to an inquiry about whether Mngoma was speaking the truth when she said Dudu Myeni organised and paid for their honeymoon seven years ago.
The drama got heated and turned into a session of insulting one another in somewhat distasteful fashion as the Gigana/Mngoma saga carries on.
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