Norma Gigaba, wife of the controversial former South African Minister of Home Affairs, Malusi Gigaba, will be seeking legal action against the Hawks over her arrest, which seems to be in connection with a plot to assassinate her husband.
The 40-year-old mother of two was apprehended by South Africa’s Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation, the Hawks, on Friday. It was in relation to at least R100,000 worth of damages to a Mercedes Benz G Wagon that her husband drove. However, Norma Gigaba has now assembled a legal team, headed by her lawyer Victor Nkwashu, in a quest for restitution against what she claims was an unlawful arrest, for which she spent a night in police holding cells prior to her release on bail on Saturday. Her electronic devices were also confiscated after it emerged that Gigaba had allegedly been sending a series of angry texts to her husband.
“She’s being charged with malicious injury to property and crimen injuria,” Nkwashu told EWN. “That is what the prosecutor has placed on record in the court. However, during the bail hearing over the weekend, we were told that there is a charge of assault, but it was not mentioned again here. So, the arrests on its own for such kind of charges should have not happened. She should have appeared in court instead of arresting her.”
It has since emerged that the Mercedes Benz in question actually belongs to trade unionist, Peterson Siyaya, who is also friends with her husband. Siyaya is under investigation, along with another 12 men accused of plotting to kill Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) leaders in the North West in 2017. It has been deemed by the state to be a revenge conspiracy intended to disrupt internal politics in the trade union, but the case was withdrawn by the state in late 2018.
Hawks national spokesperson Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi has confirmed that the Hawks intervened due to what they perceived as a threat to Malusi Gigaba’s life.
“There was an element of threat to his life in the nature of the offence; we had to get involved and deal with it, Mulanduzi told News24 We have done what we had to do. That case now will be referred to the SAPS (SA Police Service) detective for further investigation.”
Gigaba’s personal affairs have made headlines and followed him throughout his term in office between 2004 and 2018, as well as his return to life as a private citizen, after he was succeeded by Blade Ndzimande as Minister of Home Affairs.
Norma Gigaba is best known for her spats over social media with her husband’s alleged mistress, Buhle Mhize, which also led to her sharing a video of Mkhize performing sexual acts that was found on Malusi Gigaba’s phone.