- Former finance minister, Malusi Gigaba laid criminal charges against his wife Norma Gigaba after she damaged his friend’s car.
- Norma Gigaba was arrested on Friday for malicious damage to property and spent a night at the Brooklyn police cells before her release on bail.
- This is not the couple’s first public drama, DRUM has compiled a list of their shocking scandals.
- Read more on www.news24.com/Drum
Former finance minister, Malusi Gigaba and his wife, Nomachule Gigaba (popularly known as Norma), are currently the talk of the town following their latest marriage scandal which has seen the politician laying criminal charges against his wife.
But the two are not new to their marriage making headlines for all the wrong reasons. Over the years, the couple, who tied the knot in 2014, have been surrounded by scandals which has many questioning their six-year-long union.
DRUM compiled a list of their marriage’s most shocking scandals.
Malusi Gigaba’s mistress, Buhle Mkhize and Norma’s first altercation
Just a year after the Gigaba’s tied the knot in a glamourous wedding ceremony at the Durban Botanic Gardens in August 2014, there was already trouble in paradise for the couple that led to Norma being in a public spat with her husband’s then mistress, Buhle Mkhize.
Speaking to News24, several sources revealed that Norma had confronted Buhle about the alleged affair she had with her husband and had told her “where to get off”. The two women were allegedly at loggerheads with each other and even had a catfight that played out on Instagram.
Speaking to the publication, Buhle said that Norma had sent her a message on Instagram, calling her a prostitute.
“Miss photoshop and a lot of makeup awuve ufake [you are fake]. Go to hell, prostitute, tell the world, I am not shaken, loser, you have been doing this since last year,” one of the messages reportedly read.
Buhle also revealed that she had apologised to Norma for her conduct, but denied having a relationship with Malusi.
“I've had a heart-wrenching struggle building myself up and I'm offended that she keeps calling me uneducated and mostly that she's calling me a prostitute. This is not right, I've worked very hard to be where I am,” she said.
Buhle Mkhize airs the Gigaba’s dirty laundry in nasty Twitter rant
Seemingly over her apology to Norma Gigaba in 2015, Malusi’s former mistress, Buhle Mkhize came out guns blazing on Twitter as she threatened to reveal evidence about her affair with Malusi, which would destroy him and Norma’s marriage.
According to Channel24, the threats were prompted by Norma’s interview with eNCA, where she spoke about her marriage woes and mentioned Buhle. In her tweets, Buhle spoke about having a three way sex-tape which was recorded on her trip with Malusi in Mauritius. She also went on to suggest that Malusi had met with the controversial Gupta family.
The couple’s expensive lifestyle is scrutinized
In the same year, the couple was criticised after it was revealed that taxpayers had paid over R500 thousand for Norma Gigaba to travel with her husband.
According to Business Live, overseas travel by then finance minister Malusi Gigaba’s wife Norma to accompany her husband to international events had already cost the state more than R500 thousand. Norma had accompanied her husband to four international trips that year: The Spring events of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund (USA), the BRICS conference and meeting of Central Bank Governors (Shanghai), the African Investor Conference (London) and to the Group of 20 (G20) conference (Germany).
Speaking to the publication, Malusi’s then spokesperson, Mayihlome Tshwete‚ justified the fact that Malusi's wife accompanies him to international events on the basis that it is allowed in terms of the ministerial handbook and gives them an opportunity to be together in the minister's hectic schedule.
Malusi Gigaba’s sex tape leaks
In November 2018, a 34-second-long video of a sexual nature which involved the minister was leaked to social media and quickly went viral. According to Business Insider, the video was the second most searched on pornography site, PornHub which has an estimated number of over 80 million videos.
Addressing the video, Malusi said that the video was stolen from his cellphone and that he became aware of this just before his appointment as finance minister in March 2017. He also claimed that the leaking of the video was meant as blackmail and in attempts to extort him. Malusi also explained that the video was only meant for himself and his wife’s pleasure.
Malusi lays criminal charges against Norma after she allegedly damages his friend’s car
On Friday, 31 July, former minister Malusi Gigaba's wife was arrested by the Hawks on charges of assault and malicious damage to property. This is after she allegedly badly damaged a Mercedes-Benz G-Wagon belonging to Malusi Gigaba's friend, trade unionist Peterson Siyaya.
She spent the night in police cells, but was granted R5 000 bail later on Saturday.
According to Sunday Times, apart from damaging Malusi’s friend’s car, Norma is believed to be involved in a conspiracy against her husband. A source reportedly told the publication that a "threat" on Malusi's life had been uncovered in June, and when Norma allegedly attacked the car two weeks ago in what other sources said was a "jealous rage", they used the opportunity to establish her involvement in the alleged conspiracy, if any.
Speaking News24, Hawks spokesperson, Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi said that there was "an element of threat to the former minister's life in the nature of the offence".
"We had to get involved and deal with it. We have done what we had to do. That case now will be referred to the SAPS detective for further investigation," he previously told the publication.