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Malusi Gigaba resigns amid Gupta controversy and a leaked sex tape

Nov 13, 2018
Malusi Gigaba resigns amid Gupta controversy and a leaked sex tape

President Cyril Ramaphosa received and accepted a letter of resignation from the Minister of Home Affairs, Malusi Gigaba. 

“The President has accepted the Minister’s resignation and expressed his appreciation for Minister’s Gigaba longstanding service to government and the people of South Africa,” the Presidency said on Tuesday. 

Gigaba was appointed as Deputy Minister of Home Affairs in 2004 and subsequently served as Minister of Public Enterprises, Minister of Finance and, for two intervals, as Minister of Home Affairs. 

Gigaba indicated in his letter of resignation that he was stepping aside “for the sake of our country and the movement to which he belongs” and to “relieve the President from undue pressure and allow him to focus on improving the lives of the people of South Africa and for him to do the best he can to serve the country and save it from the economic meltdown”.  

Gigaba had lately come under scrutiny over his alleged links to the contriversial Gupta family, with allegations that he unprocedurally granted them South African citizenship.

In February, the courts found that Gigaba committed perjury when he denied authorising a company owned by the billionaire Oppenheimer family to operate a private immigration terminal at Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International Airport. It became known as the Fireblade Aviation saga.

Gigaba is a former head of the ANC’s Youth League and denied any wrongdoing. 

Things also got worse for him after an apparent sex tape was leaked. Gigaba said that he had made the recording for his wife and apologised to the nation. He said that his phone was hacked and the video became an instrument for blackmail against him by the hackers.

President Ramaphosa has requested Minister of Transport Dr Blade Nzimande to act as Minister of Home Affairs until a permanent appointment is made. –additional reporting SAnews.gov.za

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