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Norma Mngoma takes scorn to Zondo commission

Published by Andile Sicetsha

The commission of inquiry into state capture, chaired by DCJ Raymond Zondo, has entered its final lap of taking evidence and next on the hot seat is Norma Mngoma.

The wife of former Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba has been on a revenge tour since things turned for the worst between the couple in recent months.

From damaged luxury vehicles to a tell-all eNCA exclusive that had the whole nation tuned in, Mngoma has stayed true to the popular idiom, hell hath no fury as a woman scorned.

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The inclusion of the former minister’s wife left some scratching their heads. Even EFF leader Mbuyiseni Ndlozi wondered if Mngoma’s account of state capture holds more value than that of the controversial former Eskom head Brian Molefe, who has yet to conclude his fiery anti-Ramaphosa testimony.

However, Mngoma placed herself in the line of fire when she spilt beans about trips to Saxonworld and many other allegations that contradicted Gigaba’s testimony, at her interview with reporter Silindelo Masikane.

Of all the gobsmacking revelations Mngoma made about her former husband — he always watches porn and wanted to be president — two claims made by the estranged wife may have stood out for the commission.

First, Zondo may need a more substantive explanation to claims that one of Gigaba’s three sisters worked for the Gupta family. Even more, Mngoma alleged that the notorious family at the centre of the state capture probe helped Gigaba’s sister clear a R850 000 debt.

Second, and perhaps most important, are the Saxonworld visits that, according to Mngoma, ended in Gigaba — a minister of public enterprises at the time — with heaps of cash stacked in a bag.

She has reiterated many times, however, that she was never present in any of the Gupta meetings. Nor has she ever seen the Guptas hand over sums of money to her estranged husband.

Still, the commission will expect the closest figure to the former Home Affairs Minister to unpack claims she made about where the money for their lavish wedding and subsequent honeymoon came from.

According to City Press, a date to have Mngoma on the hot seat has yet to be determined.