Zondo Commission: Your version makes no sense at all, lawyer tells Norma Mngoma

Norma Gigaba was cross-examined at the State Capture Inquiry on Tuesday.

Norma Gigaba was cross-examined on the State Seize Inquiry on Tuesday.

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  • Norma Mngoma appeared earlier than the Zondo Fee to be cross-examined by her estranged husband former minister Malusi Gigaba. 
  • Mngoma instructed the fee her husband had instructed her to hide the reality about his dealings with the Guptas.  
  • She stated Gigaba had instructed her cash he obtained from the Guptas was not “corrupt cash”.  

Norma Mngoma, the estranged spouse of former finance minister Malusi Gigaba, instructed the Zondo Fee her husband instructed her by no means to disclose the reality concerning the dealings he had with the Guptas.

Mngoma stated this whereas being cross-examined by Gigaba’s lawyer, Richard Solomon, on Tuesday night.

“Malusi stated I mustn’t speak to anybody about the whole lot I do know concerning the Guptas,” she instructed the fee.

Solomon stated in her affidavit, Mngoma stated on one event, she noticed money within the boot of Gigaba’s car after they had been in Sandton.

She had additionally testified she noticed Gigaba putting cash in a protected at their house.

“When did it strike you that you just had been a beneficiary of Gupta cash?” Solomon requested Mngoma.  

She replied:

I solely knew when Malusi stated I mustn’t point out it to the fee.

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Mngoma stated Gigaba had instructed her it was not “corruption cash”, and moderately cash for elections.

“I’ve by no means been a part of ANC issues, I’ve by no means been a part of any department, so I do not understand how cash is raised, so I [accepted] what he was saying.”

She instructed the fee she by no means actually questioned the place the cash got here from.

Solomon stated: 

You had been the beneficiary of this cash, that you just say got here from the Guptas, to your wedding ceremony, to your life-style, is that right?

Mngoma stated she didn’t comprehend it was “corrupt cash”, till when he began “plotting” and deleting issues on their devices.

She additionally testified Gigaba stated he didn’t need to undergo with the divorce whereas he was nonetheless “going by way of the state seize”.

Solomon stated he would argue Mngoma’s model throughout cross-examination made no sense, including it was unbelievable and needs to be rejected.

He questioned why Gigaba would ask for a divorce and filed his summons in August 2020 even earlier than he got here to the fee.

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Mngoma then stated Gigaba did it to “drive the narrative” that she was “bitter” concerning the divorce. She added since he filed the summons he did nothing concerning the divorce.  

Gigaba beforehand accused Mngoma of being a “pathological liar”.

He stated: “Ms Mngoma lies, pathologically, she makes a behavior of mendacity, she says some issues right this moment, she denies them tomorrow and even on the identical day.

“You’re coping with lies, inconsistencies and any person who is just not prepared to inform the reality.” 

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