Former South African minister’s wife arrested on assault charges

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The Hawks on Friday confirmed that the wife of a former minister had been arrested in Pretoria, TimesLIVE has reported.

“She was arrested based on allegations of assault and damage to property and a warrant for her arrest had been issued,” said Brig Hangwani Mulaudzi.

The woman is expected to spend the weekend behind bars, and will appear in a Pretoria court on Monday.

Mulaudzi would not confirm the woman’s identity, but a police source, speaking off the record, confirmed to TimesLIVE that the woman in question was Norma Gigaba, wife of former home affairs and public enterprises minister Malusi Gigaba.

The source also confirmed the contents of a circulating WhatsApp message which stated that two officers arrested Norma on Friday and that she was being held at the Brooklyn police station until her court appearance.

According to the report by TimesLIVE, the matter involves major damage inflicted on a Mercedes-Benz G-Wagon worth in the region of R3m. A video circulating on social media, claiming that the vehicle belongs to Gigaba, shows smashed mirrors and glass on the floor, and long scratches down the passenger side. One of the scratches appears to spell out the word “cheater”.

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