Expect a disaster if Norma phone is not retrieved

Expect a disaster if Norma phone is not retrieved

 

 

Expect a disaster if Norma phone is not retrieved

Former minister of finance Malusi Gigaba‘s wife, Norma, have threatened urgent action against the Hawks if they fail to return her phones and devices, seized nearly fortnight ago as a part of a criminal investigation into allegedly insulting text messages she had sent to an unidentified man, by 17:00 today.

Norma Gigaba‘s lawyer has revealed during a letter to Hawks head Lieutenant-General Godfrey Lebeya that she “did not consent to the seizure and your members possessed no warrant authorizing them to look and seize these items”.

The Hawks appear to possess caved into Norma Gigaba’s demand that her devices be returned to her, despite weekend media reports suggesting that the devices had been seized as a part of the unit’s investigation into alleged threats made against Malusi Gigaba’s life.

Norma Gigaba’s legal team is known to be mulling possible action against the Hawks over these reports.

Spokesperson Hangwani Mulaudzi confirmed to News24 that Norma Gigaba’s devices would be returned to her by investigators. That handover is scheduled to require place at the Brooklyn police headquarters on Tuesday morning at 09:00.

The letter sent to Lebeya on Sunday by Norma Gigaba’s lawyer, Victor Nkhwashu, about the seizure of her devices has, however, raised further questions on the circumstances under which she was arrested and held at the Brooklyn police headquarters for malicious damage to property and crimen injuria on Friday night.

Norma Gigaba’s heavyweight legal team, consisting of advocates Dali Mpofu and Tembeka Ngcukaitobi, on Monday confirmed within the Brooklyn office of the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court that they’re going to challenge the legality and constitutionality of that arrest, also because the Hawks’ involvement in it, within the Pretoria supreme court.
Expect a disaster if Norma phone is not retrieved

The Hawks have, within the interim, sought to distance themselves from the present criminal case against Norma Gigaba. Mulaudzi confirmed to News24 on the weekend that the matter was now being addressed by the police service.

In his letter to Lebeya, Nkhwashu states that Hawks members had descended on the Waterkloof home that Norma Gigaba shared together with her husband and two young sons on 22 July and “interrogated our client, searched her house and there then unlawfully seized her personal items”.

Those items, he said, included a “MacBook Laptop; Apple iPad; iPhone Apro 11; iPhone X; and a Huawei Phone”.

Nkhwashu states that Mpumalanga Hawks officers, “Captain Mavuso and Sergeant Ndabambi”, executed what he described as an “unlawful search and seizure” operation on Norma Gigaba’s home, “acting on the instructions and directions of Brigadier Ngwenya”.

“We pause to say that the above seizure was conducted under the guise that our client had sent a text message to the complainant who laid a complaint of crimen injuria against our client with the abovementioned members.”

It is unclear whether the complainant in question was Malusi Gigaba or his unionist friend, Peterson Siyaya, who has been previously reported to possess been the owner of the Mercedes Benz G Wagon Norma Gigaba has been accused of trashing.

Malusi Gigaba had been driving the vehicle at the time that it had been vandalized.

The State’s indictment against Norma Gigaba alleges that the vehicle she allegedly damaged belongs to her husband.

–News24