When a video showing Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba performing a sex act went viral at the weekend the minister claimed he'd be targetted in a blackmail plot.
Gigaba says he's the victim of hackers who intercepted his cell phone and stole the material.
If this is true, what legal redress does the minister have against those responsible?
CapeTalk's Sara-Jayne King spoke to media analyst and technology expert Arthur Goldstuck of World Wide Worx.
Whoever accessed the material was unlawfully accessing his [Gigaba's] communication.— Arthur Goldstuck, World Wide Worx
Goldstuck says there are a number of ways this could have happened.
It could have been intercepted, which is highly illegal.— Arthur Goldstuck, World Wide Worx
My suspicion is that it wasn't intercepted in transit...it was probably copied from the phone in one of two ways; either someone picked up the phone who wasn't supposed to, and found the material and copied it across or sent it elsewhere, the other way is that the minister himself sent it to someone...and by mistake sent it to somebody else.— Arthur Goldstuck, World Wide Worx
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This article first appeared on CapeTalk : Getting to grips with the legal issues around the Gigaba sex tape