Gigaba, stylist row hots up again

By Sphelele Ngubane Time of article published Nov 17, 2015

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Durban - The row between Noma, the wife of Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba, and Buhle Mkhize is on the boil again.

International fashion stylist Mkhize, who claims to have had an affair with Gigaba which the Gigabas have denied, said he should give his wife a rundown of his job description and explain that he had no authority to ban anyone.

In an Instagram post, Mkhize, who now lives in New York but is originally from Eshowe, told Noma that her husband was merely an employee “who can’t abuse the power”.

“You also should school Noma, you have no power to ban me out of South Africa, it is my birthright,” she wrote.

Noma - who goes by the name Mrs Gigabyte on Instagram - and Mkhize have been embroiled in numerous skirmishes on social media.

At the weekend Mkhize dared Gigaba and his wife to show up at a “live media outlet” that would see them putting the controversy to rest once and for all.

Alongside a lengthy Instagram post was a screengrab of an office telephone number which Mkhize claimed indicated a call from “South African intelligence” trying to get her to “shut-up”.

She said the phone caller had threatened her, saying she should stop hanging the “Malusi-Noma-Buhle” dirty linen in public. Mkhize said: “If you and wife want to speak, yekani ukukhamisa (stop wandering) on social networks. The three of us must go into some live media outlet with all papers in hand, (not to bribed newspapers). We should speak openly where there are no claims words were twisted.”

Addressing Gigaba she said: “As for you, ungayikhiphi inyoka emgodini (do not force a snake out of the hole), you cried, begged and spent anything on your Campaign Buhle and you now want to play supportive husband to make me look like an idiot.”

Mkhize told the minister she was not scared of him and had everything, including “prayer and financial power, to fight whatever may come”.

“You always run around with ‘no comment’ all the time because you know the truth,” Mkhize wrote.

When asked for comment on Monday, Gigaba’s spokesman Mayihlome Tshwete said: “Minister does not comment on trivial matters.”

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