Paying with Gupta money suited Malusi Gigaba, state capture inquiry hears
Bodyguard tells of sportsbag stuffed with R200 notes in boot of former minister’s car
Former minister Malusi Gigaba paid for his tailored suits in cash, allegedly given to him by the Gupta family, the state capture commission heard on Thursday.
This was according to Gigaba’s former bodyguard, who was testifying at the state capture commission with the alias “Witness 3”, out of fear for his life.
He alleged that this took place when Gigaba was the political head of public enterprises, between 2010 and 2014. The man had been a member of the team of bodyguards and drivers who served Gigaba during this time.
He revealed how Gigaba instructed his protectors not to record trips to the Gupta residence in Saxonwold in the log book.
The witness said he had been in the team of protectors that escorted Gigaba to the Gupta residence on seven occasions — six of which he had been in the backup vehicle, while on one occasion he was the only one on duty.
“On one occasion I saw Mr Brian Molefe, Matshela Koko [and] Ben Ngubane within the premises as well. There was on one occasion the president of the republic Mr Jacob Zuma leaving the premises as we arrived,” he said.
“One day I was with the minister [Gigaba] when he opened the boot to take out money to buy us lunch. Inside the boot there was a sports bag he opened and there was a stack of R200 notes.”
He said he saw Gigaba paying for his suits and restaurant bill in cash allegedly given to him by the Guptas. “He used to pay cash for his tailored suits in Sandton.”
The bodyguard was the third to testify at the commission on Thursday.
Former president Jacob Zuma was set to appear at the state capture inquiry this week. However, his lawyers said he was preparing for his criminal trial, and was advised by his doctor to limit his movements because his age increases his risks during the Covid-19 pandemic.Deputy chief justice Raymond Zondo said he would send the former president a summons to appear in front of the inquiry in November 2020.
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