Hitmen Were Hired To Kill Me – Former SA Finance Minister, Malusi Gigaba
A former finance minister and ANC Youth League leader – Malusi Gigaba has said that hitmen were hired to killed him.
Was there an assassination plot against former finance minister and ANC Youth League leader Malusi Gigaba?
That’s the mystery the police are trying to unravel after information came to light that hitmen had been hired to kill him.
City Press has it on good authority that Gigaba reported the alleged plot to the police in May, and there is an active police investigation into the matter.
This new information comes after a dramatic few weeks, which saw a Mercedes Benz G-Wagon belonging to Gigaba’s friend – Peterson Siyaya – badly damaged at the Gigabas’ matrimonial home in Waterkloof Ridge in Pretoria.
Siyaya had lent the vehicle to Gigaba.
Gigaba’s wife Norma was dramatically arrested on Friday and taken to the Brooklyn Police Station, where she was kept until Saturday.
She was released on R5 000 bail and ordered to appear in the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court on Monday.
She faces charges of malicious damage to property and crimen injuria.
City Press understands that the criminal cases were opened two weeks ago by her husband and Siyaya.
Gigaba opened a case of malicious damage to property, while Siyaya laid the charge of crimen injuria.
On Wednesday, the Hawks confiscated three electronic gadgets – a cellphone, a computer and a Notebook – all belonging to Norma, as part of their investigation.
Sources close to the family revealed details of the fraught relationship between the Gigabas and claimed that the marriage had been “hanging by a thread” for some time.
“There is a bigger problem than these allegations of cheating levelled against Malusi. He is a broken man. The whole thing started two weeks ago when Malusi and Norma had differences at their house. Malusi called Peterson to tell him what had happened [to his car], and he [went to the police and] opened a case of malicious damage to property against his wife,” said a source.
Sources close to the family revealed details of the fraught relationship between the Gigabas and claimed that the marriage had been “hanging by a thread” for some time
“Peterson came to their house to understand why his car was damaged, and Norma insulted him with unprintable insults.
“This is when Peterson decided to open the case against Norma.”
According to those privy to the matter, Gigaba and Siyaya had been trying to drop the charges against Norma after the parties had a discussion and agreed not to press on.
Sources said the Gigabas had agreed that he would drop the charges and Siyaya would do the same.
But the police investigation was already at an advanced stage.
The police officers arrived at the house on Friday, where Hawks members arrested Norma in her husband’s presence.
The alleged murder plot
City Press has been reliably informed that Gigaba opened a case in May after he was tipped off that hitmen had been hired to kill him.
The hit was supposed to be executed during one of his visits to KwaZulu-Natal.
After receiving the tip off, Gigaba changed his plans and started taking extra precautions. He then reported the matter to the police.
When he opened the case in May, Gigaba did not name any suspects, according to the sources.
Soon after the Hawks arrested Norma, they started reviewing the previous complaint about an alleged assassination plot.
“When Norma got to the police with Malusi, the police then produced the statement of the assassination case, even though she was not taken in on that matter and there was no suspect behind the plot to kill Malusi,” said the insider.
Another source close to the Gigaba family claimed that the former ANC Youth League leader was living in fear.
Another family friend said that “things are bad in that household”.
“Malusi is fearing for his life. On top of that, things are messy in his marriage as he is dealing with the domestic issues.”
The source said their relationship had been deteriorating “for at least five years”.
“They live under the same roof, but there is no relationship between them … As friends, we are also praying that they fix things or decide if they separate for good, as this is not good for both,” said the insider.
Those close to the matter dismissed the rumours circulating on social media that an alleged lover of Gigaba’s was pregnant with twins.
“The identity of women whom people claim is pregnant keeps changing and that shows it’s just an allegation and nothing can be proven,” said the source.
According to those privy to the matter, Gigaba and Siyaya had been trying to drop the charges against Norma after the parties had a discussion and agreed not to press on
Attempts to speak to the couple failed. Gigaba did not respond to messages sent to him. Norma was sent questions via WhatsApp, which she read.
City Press is also aware that her friends received the questions, but no one responded.
Hawks spokesperson Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi confirmed the arrest of a “a wife to a former minister” who is “facing charges of assault and malicious damage to property”.
“We are not in a position to divulge the contents of the docket … it’s not procedure.”
Mulaudzi confirmed last night that “the suspect was granted R5 000 bail and instructed by the National Prosecuting Authority to appear in court on Monday”.