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Gigaba applies to suppress estranged wife Norma Mngoma’s state capture evidence

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Gigaba applies to suppress Norma Mngoma's state capture evidence

The state capture commission has confirmed that it will hear testimony from both former Minister Malusi Gigaba and his estranged wife Norma Mngoma on Friday.

Gigaba is making an application to cross-examine Mngoma.

But he also wants the commission to suppress her testimony or hear it in private, while Mngoma will testify about Gigaba’s interactions with the Guptas and their visits to their residence.

 

Gigaba will have to first agree to also testify about Mngoma’s allegations before the commission grants him leave to cross-examine her.

In March he cross-examined witness three – a former member of his security detail –

denying that he had been to the Guptas six or seven times as the unidentified witness alleged.

The commission will also hear Denel-related evidence from former Minister of Public

Enterprises Lynne Brown, as well state security-related evidence from former

Minister of State Security, David Mahlobo.

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Former Minister Malusi Gigaba does not want his estranged wife, Norma Mngoma, to testify at the state capture commission.

He has applied to Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo to keep Mngoma’s affidavit confidential or to hold her hearing in private.

Gigaba’s application is not the first attempt at suppression after State Security Minister

Ayanda Dlodlo tried to stop acting Director-General Loyiso Jafta from testifying, but she failed in that instance.

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It’s now up to the chairperson to decide if Gigaba’s grounds meet the test for confidentiality.

The commission makes provision for hearings in camera, but at the request of a witness

and not an implicated person, and in those cases the identities of witnesses were not disclosed.

But even some witnesses whose identities were protected testified in public.

However, persons are allowed to request protection of documents that are commercially

sensitive or that include personal information.

Such an application must state what portions of a document were claimed to be

confidential and why those portions should not be publicly disclosed.

If the commission decided that the document was confidential, it would not be included or

it would be redacted to protect the specified confidentiality.

But if the document was determined not to be confidential, it would be referred to at public hearings.

Gigaba can take comfort in that the commission allows applications that are not provided

for in its rules but all determinations are made at the discretion of Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo.