- The charges of crimen injuria and malicious damage to property against Norma Mngoma have been dropped
- The National Prosecuting Authority withdrew the charges against Mngoma on Friday, 26 March
- South Africans have taken to social media to discuss what the future holds for Mngoma after the debacle
The State has withdrawn charges against Norma Mngoma, the estranged wife of Malusi Gigaba, in the High Court in Pretoria on Friday, 26 March. Mngoma was arrested in July 2020 on charges of crimen injuria and malicious damage to property.
Mngoma's lawyer Eric Mabuza says they will be bringing a civil lawsuit forward against the State. Mabuza stated that the lawsuit is for the humiliation, trauma, unlawful detention and the fact that Mngoma's reputation has been tainted.
South Africans have now taken to Twitter where Mngoma is trending, to share their thoughts and opinions on the case and Mngoma.
A report by EWN stated that Mngoma said the "truth will come out". She spoke about 'whoever' opened the case against her and fabricated information will be revealed. She added that she is willing to continue fighting.
Briefly.co.za took to Twitter to see what South Africans are saying on the matter. Read some of the posts below:
"All charges against Norma Mngoma have been withdrawn. Norma should go ahead and sue the state now. I stan her for not backing down, big ups to Advocate Dali Mpofu."
"Norma Mngoma must now start the process of suing the state."
"Love how Norma Mngoma didn't back down on this one."
"I'm so happy for Norma Mngoma! Once a man stops loving you, he will do any and everything to try and publicly humiliate you... Luckily the wheel turns. I can't wait for her state capture testimony."
"There was no case to begin with. Just ANC bullies abusing State resources. #NormaMngoma must sue."
Previously, Briefly.co.za reported that Mngoma will be testifying against her estranged husband Malusi Gigaba. She will be testifying before the State Capture Commission about the visits her estranged husband had with the Gupta family while he was the finance minister.
Mngoma was previously arrested by the Hawks and revealed that information removed from her communications devices during her arrest was related to the visits. Just a month ago a judge ruled that the Hawks had unlawfully arrested Mngoma and acted with malice.
The judge stated that the Hawks seemed to have been motivated by Gigaba's 'abuse of power'.
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