The estranged wife of former finance minister Norma Mngoma, who was meant to spill the beans on her husband’s alleged relations with the Guptas has now withdrawn from testifying at the Zondo Commission of Inquiry into State Capture.

Mngoma was meant to begin her testimony at 4pm on Tuesday after it was initially rescheduled from Friday.

Mngoma’s legal representative from RNT attorneys read out a letter to Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo saying that they received instructions on Monday night informing them of Mngoma’s decision.

The attorneys addressed a letter to the commission on Tuesday morning informing them of her decision.

Mngoma cited her “personal concerns with how various aspects regarding her proposed appearance at the commission is being handled or allegedly mishandled by the commission”.

However, Justice Zondo said it was surprising Mngoma made such a decision as she was ready to testify on Friday.

Evidence leader Anton Myburgh said they were also surprised at Mngoma’s letter saying they were prepared for her to give evidence virtually from Cape Town.

Gigaba’s application to have Mngoma’s testimony held in-camera has been set aside until Mngoma has been summoned to give evidence.