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Gigaba hires private investigator over sex tape leak

In a series of tweets on Sunday, Gigaba confirmed that the video had been obtained when his phone was hacked 18 months ago.

FILE: Malusi Gigaba. Picture: AFP

JOHANNESBURG - Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba has hired a private investigator to track individuals who have used a sex video in attempts to blackmail and extort him.

In a series of tweets on Sunday, Gigaba confirmed that the video had been obtained when his phone was hacked 18 months ago.

Gigaba says the video containing material of a sexual nature was intended for him and his wife only.

The minister has not disclosed the nature of the blackmail demands, but he says law enforcement and intelligence agencies are investigating the matter.

Gigaba's spokesperson Vuyo Mkhize explains: “He also commissioned a private investigator to track down the people who were harassing him and wife with the blackmail attempt.”

Mkhize says the minister's wife does not feature the video.

“His wife does not feature in the video. His wife was the intended recipient for the video. The information that he received is that the video is currently circulating in political circles, but he’s not in a position to say that they’re responsible for it.”

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)