South African Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba Resigns From Cabinet

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Malusi Gigaba resigns as South African Home affairs minister following mounting pressure on President Cryrill Ramaphosa to fire him, following his violation of the constitution and a  leaked sextape which came to the public’s attention in October.

Malusi Gigaba has resigned and has served his letter of resignation to the Presidency.  The Presidency confirmed receiving the letter from the embattled minister.

Presidency spokesperson Khusela Diko said: “[We received] A letter of resignation, effective tomorrow, from the Minister of Home Affairs Malusi Gigaba and in the interim Blade Nzimande, who is the minister of transport, has been appointed to act in his space.”

Ramaphosa has thanked Gigaba for his long-standing service and commitment to government and the people of the country.

Gigaba has been under fire in recent weeks after the Supreme Court of Appeal and the Constitutional Court upheld an earlier finding that he lied under oath in his legal battle with the Oppenheimer family, in the Fireblade saga. Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane recommended that President Cyril Ramaphosa take appropriate disciplinary action against him for violating the Constitution.

Gigaba  highlighted that he had chosen to place the interests of the African National Congress and the country rather than his own personal interests.

The former Minister also stated that his resignation does not insinuate that he is guilty of the charges that have been put before him and that it will relieve the president from undue pressure and allow him to focus on running the country.

 

 

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