Gigaba denies receiving bags of money from Guptas

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Former Public Enterprises Minister, Malusi Gigaba, has denied at the Commission of Inquiry into State Capture that he received bags of cash from the Gupta family.

Gigaba continued to give testimony after being accused by several witnesses, including his estranged wife, Nomachule, of being close to the controversial family.

He claims that his estranged wife is trying to implicate him in wrongdoing amid their separation.

“If she was there and saw me being given money, it was illicit and implicates her in an illegality. So, when she was being coached about her affidavit, it would say you didn’t see the bag or this money being given to him, you only saw it in the boot and you can only infer that it came from the Guptas,” says the former Minister.

“I wouldn’t be able to tell the chairperson exactly her motives. The reason she never saw the money being given to me or carried by me to the car – and tries to implicate the protectors – is because there was no such money,” explains Gigaba.

Commission hears Gupta-related evidence:

Gigaba on Myeni’s instructions

Gigaba has continued to dispute all allegations levelled against him by his estranged wife.

The former Minister also rejected Nomachule’s claim at the commission regarding then South African Airways (SAA) Chairperson, Dudu Myeni, giving him instructions from former President Jacob Zuma.

Gigaba also rejected his estranged wife’s evidence that Myeni threatened at one stage that he would be sent back to being Home Affairs Minister, a less senior post, if he did not follow instructions.

The hearings will resume on Tuesday. It will hear Prasa-related evidence from two employees of the the rail agency, including its Head of the Legal Division, Martha Ngoye.

Former Transnet Chief Financial Officer, Gary Pita, will also take the stand to give evidence related to the company.

Proceedings will start at 3pm.