Malusi Gigaba's suits paid for with Gupta cash, Zondo commission hears

13 August 2020 - 19:37 By MAWANDE AMASHABALALA
Former minister Malusi Gigaba was known for his expensive three-piece suits.
Former minister Malusi Gigaba was known for his expensive three-piece suits.
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The state capture commission heard on Thursday how former minister Malusi Gigaba paid for his tailored suits in cash, allegedly given to him by the Gupta family.

This was according to Gigaba’s former bodyguard, who was testifying at the state capture commission with a temporary moniker of “Witness 3”, out of fear for his life.

He alleged that this took place when Gigaba was the political head of public enterprises, between 2010 and 2014. The man had been a member of the team of bodyguards and drivers who served Gigaba during this time.

He revealed how Gigaba always instructed his protectors not to record trips to the Gupta residence in Saxonwold in the log book.

The mystery witness said he had personally been in the protectors team escorting Gigaba to the Gupta residence on seven occasions - six of which he had been in the backup vehicle, while on one occasion he was the only one on duty.

“On one occasion I saw Mr Brian Molefe, Matshela Koko [and] Ben Ngubane within the premises as well. There was on one occasion the president of the republic Mr Jacob Zuma leaving the premises as we arrived,” he said.

“One day I was with the minister [Gigaba] when he opened the boot to take out money to buy us lunch. Inside the boot there was a sports bag he opened and there was a stack of R200 notes.”

He further claimed to have been witness to Gigaba paying for his suits and restaurant bill in cash allegedly given to him by the Guptas.

“He used to pay cash for his tailored suits in Sandton.”

The bodyguard was the third to testify at the commission on Thursday.

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Former president Jacob Zuma was set to appear at the state capture inquiry this week. However, his lawyers said he was preparing for his criminal trial, and was advised by his doctor to limit his movements because his age increases his risks during the Covid-19 pandemic.Deputy chief justice Raymond Zondo said he would send the former president a summons to appear in front of the inquiry in November 2020.


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