The Gauteng High Court in Pretoria says members of the Hawks abused their powers when they arrested Norma Mngoma.
The former wife of politician Malusi Gigaba spent a night in prison in July last year after the Hawks swooped in on the couple’s Waterkloof home.
Mngoma was granted R5,000 bail and released the next day. She was charged with malicious damage to property for vandalising a Mercedes Benz G-Class.
North West businessman, Thapelo Tshephe, said he had loaned the vehicle to Gigaba.
Mngoma was also charged with domestic violence, assault, and crimen injuria.
She took the Hawks to court, claiming they only arrested her as a “favour” to her husband, who wanted to teach her a lesson.
Judge Cassim Sardiwalla ordered the Hawks to return items unlawfully confiscated from Mngoma, including her cellphones and laptops.
The IT specialist claimed in court papers that the items were confiscated so that her husband could gain unlawful access to her gadgets “to delete specific information”.
Sardiwalla set aside her arrest only and did not rule on the charges levelled against her.
The breakdown of their marriage
Mngoma talked about the breakdown of their marriage during a 30-minute interview with eNCA. She revealed intimate details about their marital problems, including the former minister’s alleged porn addiction.
Mngoma denied allegations that she was plotting to kill Gigaba.
“Like, on a serious note, it is a lie. He is lying. I don’t think there is anyone who wants to kill him. I think it is all in his head because if there was something like that, he would never leave home without bodyguards,” she said.
Mngoma also spilt the beans on Gigaba’s alleged relationship with the Guptas.
She claimed they would “often” visit the Gupta compound in Saxonwold.
“They used to give him a lot of money but I don’t know what they were giving him money for. Sometimes he used to say that he did favours for them so then they will give him money. But it was a lot of cash, all the time.”
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