Johannesburg - Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba says he was contacted by someone demanding R5 million for a video which was intercepted from his cellphone shortly after he was appointed finance minister.
Gigaba has suggested that the leaked video of him engaging in a sexual act was a political attempt to assassinate his character as the ANC compiles its list of MPs ahead of next year’s elections.
Gigaba’s tweets on Sunday laid bare his feelings on the leaked video and the extortion attempt.
He tweeted: “My wife and I have learnt, with regret and sadness, that a video containing material of a sexual nature, meant for our eyes only, which was stolen when my communication got illegally intercepted/my phone hacked, in 2016/17, is circulating among certain political figures
“I take this opportunity to publicly apologise, in advance, to the rest of 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”
Gigaba is alone in the 13-second video in which the minister is seen playing with his penis with his hand while saying: “Imagine if this is in your mouth.”