Malusi Gigaba was obsessed with wiping Gupta info from my gadgets, claims Norma Mngoma

20 May 2021 - 18:15 By mawande amashabalala
Hawks officers visited Norma Mngoma's home and took her devices, allegedly claiming they were investigating a WhatsApp message she'd sent one of her husband's family members. File photo.
Hawks officers visited Norma Mngoma's home and took her devices, allegedly claiming they were investigating a WhatsApp message she'd sent one of her husband's family members. File photo.
Image: Veli Nhlapo

Norma Mngoma, the estranged wife of former minister Malusi Gigaba, on Thursday told the state capture inquiry about her husband's manoeuvres to bury information linking him to the Gupta family.

According to her, it started early last year when she requested that they divorce.

Gigaba apparently asked to be given more time, saying that he was preoccupied with preparing to give testimony at the Zondo commission and was finishing up submissions for his PhD studies.

Mngoma granted him the request to hold off the split.

But not long after that, Gigaba had an IT expert at their home and asked Mngoma to hand over her electronic devices. When she enquired why, she said Gigaba claimed he wanted the expert to wipe out all information that may link him to the Guptas.

She refused to hand over her devices and the IT expert left.

But later Hawks officers visited their home, demanding Mngoma's electronic devices. They said they were doing an investigation about a WhatsApp message she had sent to one of Gigaba's family members.

When she handed over the mobile phone from which the message was sent, they also demanded she hand over all her devices — including two mobile phones, a laptop and tablet.

Two weeks later, on a Friday, the Hawks were allegedly back at the Gigaba residence and she thought the visit was to hand back her electronic devices. To her surprise, they were there to arrest her. She appeared in court the following Monday and her devices were returned to her the following day.

“I started opening my gadgets and discovered everything Malusi had said we needed to delete that related to the Guptas was gone,” she said.

“I started paging through to check. They did not delete all my data, but what was deleted was everything that related to all our trips to Dubai that the Guptas paid for, and it was all the pictures of the car that Guptas gave him as a gift. And also a picture that I took at the Gupta wedding in Sun City.

“Everything related to the Guptas was deleted.”

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