Gigaba Upset Government Won't Pay R1m Legal Bill as Inquiry Date Looms

Gigaba Upset Government Won't Pay R1m Legal Bill as Inquiry Date Looms

- Malusi Gigaba has committed to appear before the State Capture Commission of Inquiry

- This comes after Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo instructed the former minister to present himself

- Gigaba says that he would testify, even if it costs him dearly to do so

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Malusi Gigaba has confirmed that Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo has instructed him to appear before the State Capture Inquiry next month.

Taking to social media, the former minister assumes that Zondo is seeking to 'separate fact from fiction':

"Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo says I must appear before him, from 8 to 12 March, presumably to help him separate fact from fiction."
Gigaba Upset Government Won't Pay R1m Legal Bill as Inquiry Date Looms

Gigaba hinted that forking over the legal fees could cost him his house. Image: GCIS/ Flickr, Instagram/ Malusi Gigaba
Source: UGC

Gigaba lamented the fact that his requests to cross-examine those implicating him have gone ignored:

"But his secretariat has, so far, ignored my requests to cross-examine those who’ve told unsubstantiated fabrications and self-serving distortions about me..."
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The ex-minister slammed the government for opting out of covering the R1 million legal bill Gigaba needs to prepare for his appearance:

"And the state I was serving, the state which is spending R 1 billion on his commission, is refusing to pay the R1mil my lawyers need in order to help me prepare for my appearance."

Nevertheless, Gigaba has made it clear that he will be appearing even if it costs him dearly financially:

"I’ll, however, be appearing before His Lordship. This notwithstanding. Even if it costs me my home."

Meanwhile, Briefly.co.za reported that 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.

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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.

Jacob Zuma's corruption trial may finally kick off as early as May 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.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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