- Norma Gigaba has been vindicated by a Gauteng High Court ruling on Thursday
- The former minister's estranged wife had been arrested last year on charges of malicious damage to property and crimen injuria
- Now, the court has ruled that the Hawks swooping in on Norma was nothing less than unlawful
The Gauteng High Court in Pretoria ruled on Thursday that the warrant of arrest for Norma Gigaba and its subsequent execution was unlawful.
Handing down the ruling Judge Cassim Sardiwalla granted Norma Gigaba's application on an urgent basis, labeling the decision to apply for the warrant of arrest as unlawful.
The court has also ordered that the confiscation of her information and devices as was unlawful, ordering the Hawks to restore all information illegally removed from the devices.
The Hawks were also directed to return the information that had been downloaded from Gigaba's devices.
Gigaba, now Mngoma, had challenged her arrest in the High Court, adamant that it had been a 'favour for her husband', former minister Malusi Gigaba.
Her advocate, Dali Mpofu, had argued that this move had been a possible attempt to 'punish' Mngoma or to 'teach her a lesson' for confronting her husband.
Hawks advocate Dawie Joubert had unsuccessfully claimed that Mngoma had been unjustified in turning to the court to challenge her pending criminal case.
It remains to be seen how this move will affect her prosecution, set to play out in the Pretoria Magistrate's Court, where Mngoma is set to appear on Friday.
Meanwhile, Briefly.co.za reported that Malusi Gigaba has been cleared of wrongdoing in the Gupta family naturalisation saga by Busisiwe Mkhwebane.
Monday saw the Public Protector issuing a number of reports including the one into the former Home Affairs Minister.
Allegations of wrongdoing were found to be lacking any substance by the advocate, something Gigaba has welcomed.
Taking to social media the embattled ANC politician hinted that action can be expected from his corner in the near future:
"Well, I welcome the key finding of the Public Protector’s report which clears me of the baseless allegations which were, partly, relied upon to hound me out of Cabinet, in November 2018. I shall not be commenting on the rest of this report until I have consulted with my lawyers."
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