- President Cyril Ramaphosa has expressed his concern about a court ruling which found Malusi Gigaba violated the Constitution by lying under oath
- The Pretoria High Court found Gigaba had lied when he claimed he never approved a private terminal at OR Tambo for the Oppenheimer’s Fireblade Aviation
- Ramaphosa said he was giving the matter due and proper consideration
Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba is facing an uncertain future, this as President Cyril Ramaphosa has expressed his concern about a recent court ruling which found Gigaba had violated the Constitution by lying under oath.
The Pretoria High Court ruled that Gigaba’s lied to the court when he claimed to not have given permission for the Oppenheimer’s Fireblade Aviation to establish a private VIP terminal at OR Tambo International Airport.
Gigaba denied approving the terminal and authorising customs officials to man the facility. Fireblade sued Gigaba and proved that the minister had approved the terminal during a January 2016 meeting.
Briefly.co.za gathered that the court ruled against Gigaba and stated that he had violated the Constitution by lying while under oath. The court denied Gigaba leave to appeal.
"The minister has committed a breach of the Constitution so serious that I could characterise it as a violation," Judge Neil Tuchten said. Gigaba was dealt a further blow when the Supreme Court of Appeals dismissed his application to appeal the High Court ruling.
"The judgment handed down in the Pretoria high court in the matter of Fireblade Aviation vs minister of home affairs contains statements about the minister of home affairs that are of great concern and need to be given serious attention. I am therefore giving the matter due and proper consideration," said Ramaphosa.
Opposition parties have called on Ramaphosa to fire Gigaba in light of the rulings by both the High Court and the Supreme Court of Appeals. The Democratic Alliance (DA) has asked the Public Prosecutor to further investigate Gigaba.
In February, Gigaba once again denied approving the private terminal and said the law did not allow for a family to have a private terminal at an international airport.
From a legal standing things stand as follows, it is a proven fact that Gigaba was found guilty of deliberately trying to mislead a court. This by definition means the minister is dishonest and implies that nothing he says can be trusted.
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