“My client is traumatized and shaken after having to spend the night in jail.”
This was said by Norma Gigaba’s attorney, Victor Nkhwashu during her brief court appearance at Hatfield Magistrate court Tshwane on Monday.
Her case was transferred to the Pretoria Magistrate and her next appearance will be on 14 September for further investigations.
Norma arrived in court wearing a stylish black and white power suits.
She came with the two legal heavyweights, Adv Thembeka Ngcukaitobi and Adv Dali Mpofu.
She was arrested on Friday by the Hawks on charges of crimen injuria and malicious damage to property.
The former Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba’s wife Norma spent a night in police cells before being released on R5,000 bail on Saturday.
Nkhwashu said his client is a bit traumatised after having to spend a night in a cell, away from her children.
“When we went to fetch her on Saturday, she was coughing a bit but she managed to come to court today, I commend her for that,” he said.
On the issue of the Hawks making the arrest, Nkhwashu said that the issuing relating to the Hawks was outside their perimeter or knowledge, however, they have brought senior counsels to challenge the decision of involving the Hawks.
“We also want to challenge the issue of obtaining her arrest. The arrest on its own for such charges shouldn’t have happened, she was supposed to be summoned to appear in court. We will take the matter to the High Court to have the warrant of arrest set aside,” he said.
Norma’s arrest came after a video had been doing the rounds on social media of what is alleged to be the former Minister’s car.
In the video, a Mercedes G63 Wagon is seen being vandalised with a key and the word cheater written all over it>chaosafrica