Norma Mngoma has been trending on social media after her appearance at the Zondo Commission. The estranged wife of former Minister of Finance Malusi Gigaba dropped some bombshells about his exploits with the Gupta family. Briefly News gathered a few highlights from her testimony.
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1. Malusi Gigaba reveals Gupta family knew about cabinet appointments
Norma revealed that Malusi and the Guptas were privy to cabinet reshuffles as he was made aware of his new position through the Guptas. Mngoma shared that Ajay Gupta alerted Gigaba about his new position as Minister of the DPE before the announcement was made public.
2. Norma shared her first encounter with Guptas
Norma said that she first met the Guptas when her first son was born, in 2011. According to her, Ajay Gupta gifted the child with a gold necklace, which Gigaba kept.
3. The Gigaba family was present for the Waterkloof plane landing
Norma went on to share that she and her estranged husband were present during the controversial plane landing at the Waterkloof airbase. She said that they were there to welcome the Guptas and their guests.
4. Malusi Gigaba consulted with Guptas about state affairs
Mngoma revealed that Malusi would have frequent consultations with the Guptas and discussed state affairs, including Transnet and Eskom. Mngoma said that she knew about the appointment of Brian Molefe to Eskom even before it happened.
5. Guptas gifted Gigaba with car and funded ANC elections
One of the more shocking revelations made by Mngoma was the gifts that the Guptas allegedly showered the family with. According to her, the family from India gave them a white BMW 3 series and bags of money, which was supposedly for the ANC election campaign.
Meanwhile Briefly News previously reported that Norma Mngoma, the former Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba's estranged wife, is trending on social media after she laid down the cold hard truth, or at least her version of the truth, at the state capture inquiry.
Norma told the inquiry all that she knew about her husband’s dealings with the Guptas. She made it known that the Guptas influenced the appointments at state-owned enterprises, despite Malusi denying this in his testimony.
Although the Guptas played a part in appointments, Norma claims that Malusi and Ajay did not always agree and had heated discussions often.
"Most of the time in Transnet, it will be the people that Ajay felt they need to be appointed or need to leave or may restructure, they would just argue about it because Malusi had his own favourites while Ajay had his own.”
Norma went on to say that Malusi already hired someone before the appointment process even started, all that it was, was a formality.
"I remember when he said Brian Damas would be replaced by Brian Molefe at Eskom. I knew that before it even happened. I also knew about Gama even before they were even appointed."
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