Serial Cabinet minister Malusi Gigaba says it was just a coincidence State Capture happened on his watch
Though he occupied several key positions in Jacob Zuma’s Cabinet during peak State Capture years, Malusi Gigaba insisted he knew nothing and offered that he did not possess ‘supernatural powers’ that could predict R57-billion would be wiped off the fiscus by the corrupt Gupta family network.
After testifying at the Zondo Commission earlier on Wednesday, 23 June that he had no hand in delaying the passing of the Financial Intelligence Centre Act, Malusi Gigaba defended himself against further accusations that he had helped pave the way for the Gupta network’s capture of state-owned enterprises (SOEs).
Evidence leader advocate Anton Myburgh said that Gigaba had held oversight over several SOEs including Alexkor, SAA, Transnet and Eskom during his term as minister of Public Enterprises from 2010 to 2014.
“A significant part of that looting occurred during your tenure as a minister,” said Myburgh.
Gigaba replied that yes, while this had been alleged, “that does not mean I was involved in it”.
“As I have stated. Nothing that has been presented here places me anywhere near the money. I have not seen the money… to the extent that it happened during my tenure, it would be coincidental,” responded Gigaba.
Myburgh, after a long afternoon session, eventually suggested to Gigaba that it was “improbable” the former minister knew nothing.
“This looting was not being conducted by some unknown entity. It was being conducted by the Gupta brothers. One of them was your friend, you were part of the Gupta environment,” he said.
To which Gigaba responded that simply knowing the Guptas “does not make you complicit in wrongdoing”. He added that he had “separated myself” from the business interests of the family and its various entities.
“I did not need to know what they were doing,” he said, challenging the commission and his accusers to specifically point out “where I came in”.
This resulted in Myburgh doing exactly that.