Gigaba says tape of ‘sexual nature’ used in blackmail attempts against him

Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba has revealed that a tape containing material “of a sexual nature” is circulating in political circles and has been used in blackmail and extortion attempts against him. Gigaba said the video was stolen from his cellphone and that he became aware of this just before his appointment as finance minister in March, 2017.

In a series of tweets on Sunday morning, Gigaba said the tape was stolen during a phone hacking incident in 2016 or 2017, and that its content was only meant to be viewed by his wife and himself.

Gigaba said he has refused to give in to the blackmailing and extortion attempts, which have been reported to law enforcement.

The minister apologised to his family and the South African public for the “pain and embarrassment” that the circulation of the video will cause. He has appointed a public relations firm to handle the matter on behalf of the family. He said he hoped the country would someday engage with incidents such as this one, involving invasion of privacy. Gigaba has appointed a public relations firm to handle the matter on behalf of the family.

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Sarah Evans
Sarah Evans

Sarah Evans interned at the Diamond Fields Advertiser in Kimberley for three years before completing an internship at the Mail & Guardian Centre for Investigative Journalism (amaBhungane). She went on to work as a Mail & Guardian news reporter with areas of interest including crime, law, governance and the nexus between business and politics. 

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