Home affairs minister Malusi Gigaba says his blackmailers demanded R5m or be humiliated.

The last demand to Gigaba was made on Saturday which forced him to release a statement  and made a public apology.

Gigaba's spin doctor Vuyo Mkhize told the Sowetan that : “All along in all these approaches, nobody had ever produced a physical copy of the video. They would always speak about it and describe what it contained therein.Gigaba claimed his blackmailers had been demanding cash ranging from R1m, R5m to R10m. 

"At some point it became a demand that he [as then minister of finance] unlock contracts that would deliver a net profit of at least R20m," Mkhize said.

He said through the help of private investigators, Gigaba managed to track down two separate suspects who subsequently apologised for their roles in the matter.

"However, they were not particularly helpful on where they had sourced the material . the people couldn't produce the video and account for how they became aware of the contents of the said video," he said.