THE AFFAIRS of the Home Affairs Minister were all over the internet yesterday.
A video of Minister Malusi Gigaba with his pants down and his 4-5 in his hand went viral on social media.
The video appears to have been taken by himself and the message directed at his wife.
Gigaba’s spokesman, Vuyo Mkhize, told Daily Sun the minister became aware of the video after his appointment as finance minister in March 2017.
Mkhize said an anonymous man contacted Gigaba and told him he had the video and then tried to blackmail him.
“First the caller demanded
R5 million, then put the price up to R10 million and then came down to R1 million.”
Mkhize said the minister reported the matter to the police before escalating it to David Mahlobo, then Minister of State Security, who advised him to get a private investigator.
Mkhize said after the initial attempts to get Gigaba to pay for the video, the approach changed.
“They wanted the minister to give contracts from which they would make R20 million,” said Mkhize.
Mkhize said Gigaba has been dragged into several investigations and has been in the firing line often without any evidence being found.
“We all know he has been under constant political attack.”
Shortly before the video went viral, Gigaba took to Twitter in an attempt do some damage control.
In series of tweets he said he and his wife learned with regret and sadness that a video containing material of a sexual nature meant for their eyes only was circulating.
“It was stolen when my communication was illegally intercepted. My phone was hacked in 2016 and 2017 and the video is circulating among certain political figures.”
Gigaba, who has been seen by many South Africans in this compromised situation, apologised for the video which most people wished they hadn’t seen.
“I take this opportunity to publicly apologise in advance to my family, especially my kids, my mom and my in-laws, and the South African public for the pain and embarrassment the likely wider distribution of this private material will cause.”
He said he hoped the nation would one day discuss whether it was permissible to condone and promote the gross invasion of the privacy of others. There was a clear absence of justification in terms of public interest in the distribution of such material.
Mkhize said Mahlobo’s department had never come back to them with any firm information regarding the identity of the caller.
He said that they had no proof that the threats could have been politically motivated but the idea could not be discounted.
Source: Daily Sun