Malusi Gigaba told the state capture commission he thought his estranged wife was a moneyed, high-flying IT exec.
He said she thought that she funded their 2014 honeymoon, a trip Mngoma claimed was facilitated by Dudu Myeni and paid for by the Guptas.
The state capture inquiry on Thursday evening resembled a divorce court amid a bitter tiff between a couple that had fallen out.
Gigaba’s revelations came after a question on whether Mngoma was telling the truth that it was Dudu Myeni who organised and the Guptas who paid for their honeymoon seven years ago.
The former minister said he believed Mngoma had paid for the holiday herself because she led him to believe she had inherited her father’s wealth.
For this reason, Gigaba added, he never questioned Mngoma when she said they must go on honeymoon to Mauritius.
Therefore, Gigaba said , he had no reason to suspect that the trip was facilitated by Myeni and paid for by the Gupta family.