CAPE TOWN, November – Chairman of Parliament’s home affairs portfolio committee Hlomani Chauke on Tuesday described the resignation of Malusi Gigaba as “selfless”.
“The committee acknowledges the selfless and principled decision taken by the minister to resign following damning findings by the Public Protector and the constitutional court,” Chauke said of the home affairs minister’s decision to quit.
Gigaba has been hauled before the committee several times this year in connection with his role in granting early citizenship to members of the politically influential Gupta family, and more recently on a finding by the public protector and a high court that he had lied under oath.
The finding related to Gigaba’s decision to overturn the approval for the Oppenheimer-owned Fireblade Aviation to operate a private customs and immigration service at OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg.
“We would like to thank the minister for his many years of service to this committee and for the initiatives he had implemented in trying to make the department of home affairs a people-centred department,” said Chauke.
Earlier, opposition parties had welcomed the news of the resignation of the embattled Home Affairs Minister.
IFP MP Narend Singh said: “He’s done the honourable thing by resigning. I’m told the president also brought pressure to bear on him because if he didn’t do that I don’t think Gigaba would have resigned. Just last week, he said he would not resign.”
Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane said: “I think that we should never forget is that this is a minister that did profound damage to state-owned enterprises, to our tourism industry…he certainly damaged our economy and then the Fireblade decision at the end of it demonstrated without doubt that this is an individual that can’t be trusted, that would lie to a court…”
Furthermore, the presidency confirmed the resignation of Gigaba: “Yes, he has resigned, effective tomorrow [Wednesday],” President Cyril Ramaphosa’s spokeswoman Khusela Diko told the African News Agency (ANA).
According to Diko, Gigaba did not give reasons for quitting in his resignation letter.
Gigaba has been in the news of late for being the subject of a leaked sex tape which he said was meant for his wife. The footage went viral and has been aired on porn sites.
The minister has also been criticised for his role in granting citizenship to members of the controversial Gupta family who are at the centre of state capture allegations.