Norma Mngoma pulls out of state capture inquiry at 11th hour
Deputy chief justice Raymond Zondo said it was ‘disappointing’ she took the decision at the last minute
Nomachule Mngoma, the estranged wife of former minister Malusi Gigaba, on Tuesday performed a last minute u-turn and withdrew from testifying at the state capture inquiry.
Mngoma, through her lawyers, told the inquiry she was not pleased with how it had handled her matter.
The estranged wife of former finance minister Malusi Gigaba, Norma Mngoma, had her attorneys read out a letter of withdrawal to the Zondo commission on April 13 2021. Mngoma was set to testify regarding her previous allegations against her estranged husband, which supported his former bodyguard's testimony that Gigaba received money from the Gupta family.
Her lawyer Gcwalisile Makhathini said: “This letter sets to inform the commission that as of late yesterday we received instructions from our client informing us of her personal concerns with regards to how various of aspects her proposed appearance at the commission has been handled or allegedly mishandled by the commission.”
Inquiry evidence leader Anton Myburgh SC said Mngoma should be summoned to testify.
Chairperson Raymond Zondo expressed disappointment about the development and agreed she should be summoned, and thus authorised that the same be issued against her.
Zondo said it was “disappointing” Mngoma had taken the decision to withdraw at the 11th hour.