By Lehlohonolo Lehana.
Norma Mngoma, estranged wife of former SA Finance Minister, Malusi Gigaba, made some startling revelations during her appearance at the state capture Commission last night.
She was testifying mainly about her family's relationship with the Gupta family which is accused of having captured the state during former president Jacob Zuma's tenure.
Mngoma also revealed how Gigaba allegedly:
- Was given a white three series BMW as a gift by Ajay Gupta.
- Given a gold necklace by Ajay Gupta as a gift for their firstborn son.
- Frequented the Gupta household in Saxonwold and got bags of cash.
- Packed stacks of cash in their home safe and told her it was money from Ajay Gupta meant to fund elections for the ANC.
- Received cash as their wedding gift.
- Was told by the Guptas how Brian Molefe would become the next CEO of Eskom months ahead of the announcement.
- Shared a friendly relationship with Siyabonga Gama to the extent that he used the former Transnet CEO to score a job for his sister at the parastatal.
- Was told by former SAA board chairperson Dudu Myeni and Ajay Gupta that he would be moved back to the department of home affairs for his lack of co-operation, a move that, when it eventually happened, made him unhappy.
- Asked her to tag along to the welcoming party for the controversial landing of the Gupta family at the Waterkloof Airforce Base.
She further recalled seeing a money-counting machine at the Gupta residence during a tour of the compound, led by Ajay Gupta.
Mngoma's testimony was met with delays when Gigaba tried, unsuccessfully, to block her from testifying, citing spousal privilege, and revelations about their minor children.
Commission chair, deputy chief justice Raymond Zondo, dismissed the application, allowing for the testimony to go ahead. This was despite the reluctance of Mngoma to testify due to misgivings about how the commission had handled her affidavit.
Mngoma gave a shocking testimony about how her wedding in 2014 cost between R4m and R5m — paid for in cash mainly by Gigaba.
She also claimed the family further bailed his sister out of R850 000 credit card debt.
Mngoma’s testimony was initially scheduled to take place earlier this month, but she pulled out of the proceedings at the last minute. She was then summoned by deputy chief justice Zondo to appear.