Norma Gigaba to challenge arrest at High Court

Norma Gigaba To Challenge Arrest || Norma Gigaba’s legal team has indicated they intend to approach a higher court to challenge the validity of the charges she faces.

Norma was charged with malicious damage to property and crimen injuria.

The wife of former finance minister Malusi Gigaba, briefly appeared in the Hatfield Magistrate’s Court in Pretoria on Monday morning.

Her bail was extended until her next court date in September following a brief appearance before the magistrate on Monday.

Norma was arrested after she allegedly caused extensive damage to a multi-million rand Mercedes Benz, driven by her husband

Gigaba is being represented by advocates Dali Mpofu, SC, and Tembeka Ngcukaitobi, SC.

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Mpofu told the court that it was agreed that the matter would be postponed to 14 September.

He added that they intended to approach the High Court to lodge certain civil matters in relation to the case and also intend to look at the validity of the charges.

Mpofu also said that after Gigaba was released on bail on Saturday, an arrangement was made for her to stay with friends for the rest of the weekend. However, she will now be able return home, he said.

The magistrate said there was nothing on record that limited Gigaba’s movement or prohibited her from returning home but that they would have to enquire from the magistrate who granted her bail on Saturday.
There were mixed reactions to the arrest of Norma Gigaba with some sections of South Africans on social media arguing that the Hawks’ mandate is to deal with national priority issues such as serious organised crime.
Responding to inquiries about why the priority investigations unit, and not the police, got involved in the case, Hawks spokesperson Hangwani Mulaudzi said there was more to the story than what’s been reported.
He refused to elaborate more. There are unconfirmed reports Melusi Gigaba had opened a report in May after there were claims that there was an impending hit on his life.
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