- Nicky Oppenheimer, a South African business tycoon, accused Home Affairs Minister, Malusi Gigaba, of lying to Parliament
- The billionaire said although there were no signed agreements that international passengers could pass through the Fireblade Aviation terminal, their meeting with Gigaba was minuted
- Manne Dipico, Fireblade director and former Northern Cape Premier, suggested that Parliament guide Gigaba on his behaviour
Business tycoon and South African billionaire, Nicky Oppenheimer accused Malusi Gigaba, the Home Affairs Minister, of lying.
On Tuesday, while in Parliament, Oppenheimer and his son, Jonathan, appeared before the Home Affairs Committee. Here, the Oppenheimers explained their operations at their privately-owned Fireblade Aviation terminal at OR Tambo International Airport. Their dealings have led to a massive fight with Gigaba.
Oppenheimer told Parliament he was stunned that the minister went back on his word. This, after a meeting at his Pretoria office in 2016, where Gigaba allegedly gave them permission for international passengers to pass through the terminal.
Briefly.co.za learned that the Oppenheimers claim the meeting was minuted, although there was no written agreement between the family and Gigaba.
The family claims Gigaba vowed to deliver a signed letter confirming the arrangement.
Later, a letter was submitted to court, in which Gigaba retracted the approval.
Oppenheimer told the committee Gigaba lied to them, adding he is offended that the minister claimed they bribed someone, or stole a document: "I find that very offensive.”
Manne Dipico, Fireblade director and former Northern Cape Premier, suggested that Parliament guide Gigaba on his behaviour, Eyewitness News reported.
Dipico said there was approval: "Finish and klaar.”
Meanwhile, The Oppenheimers said they have done what is necessary to comply with government regulations to run the private terminal.
The family claims there are 27 agreements, that have been signed by state departments, to back their claims.
On Tuesday, Briefly.co.za reported that members of the Black First Land First political party were ejected from Parliament after they disrupted a meeting of the Home Affairs committee.
One of BLF's members manhandled SA billionaire, Nicky Oppenheimer, according to a report by The Citizen.
Apparently, members of the party were shouting "shut down Fireblade" and surrounded the Oppenheimers. It appeared that they wanted to get physical with the billionaires.
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