The state capture commission heard on Monday that former Minister Malusi Gigaba knew the Guptas influenced his appointment and those of Brian Molefe and Siyabonga Gama as CEOs of Eskom and Transnet.
The Zondo commission has also been told he knew that while he was appointed Finance Minister, Molefe was the person that former President Jacob Zuma actually wanted in that position.
All this was confirmed by Gigaba’s estranged wife Norma Mngoma who testified reluctantly at the state capture commission on Monday evening.
Gigaba and Mngoma tried but failed to convince Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo that he didn’t have the power to revoke their marital privilege.
In the end, Mngoma was ordered to testify against Gigaba in public. Evidence leader Advocate Anton Myburgh asked Mngoma from whom Gigaba received the news that he was going to the Department of Public Enterprises.
She replied, “Ajay Gupta.” Mngoma said Ajay Gupta was Gigaba’s unofficial advisor. Myburgh asked what Ajay briefed Gigaba about, to which she replied, “Sometimes SAA, sometimes Transnet,” including about people who should be appointed at Transnet.