- Malusi Gigaba has, in a 30-point document, detailed why he should keep his job
- The home affairs minister has been called out by the public protector for lying under oath about the Fireblade saga
- However, the minister claims he has proof to show the Oppenheimer family is cosy with the Guptas
Malusi Gigaba's dramatic last few weeks will come to an end by Wednesday, when the president, Cyril Ramaphosa, will decide what action to take against the minister of home affairs after he was found guilty of lying under oath in court.
One of two scenarios will play out: Gigaba could lose his job, or, he will receive a slap on the wrist and walk off a free man.
But, at the end of the day, the decision remains with Ramaphosa, who will have to decide whether or not to believe a man prone to lying.
According to a Sunday Times report, Gigaba is gearing up his defences.
Gigaba and the Fireblade saga
An article by thesouthafrican.com claims Gigaba wrote a 30-point presentation on why he should not be booted.
In this document, the troubled minister alleges he has emails exonerating his deeds. It also questions the Public Protector, Busisiwe Mkhwebane’s judgement, that Gigaba lied in court.
The public protector said Gigaba lied about a deal with the Oppenheimer family's private terminal at OR Tambo International Airport, Fireblade Aviation.
Briefly.co.za gathered that Nicky Oppenheimer told Parliament that Gigaba gave them approval for the terminal. However, the family was shocked when Gigaba retracted and said he didn't approve it.
He also said the procurement was a result of a bribe.
What did Gigaba say to save his job?
It was this revelation that saw the public protector call him a liar.
The major piece of evidence that proved Gigaba lied under oath was an approval letter with his own notes on it.
Naturally, Gigaba denies the note is a legal approval for the terminal. According to Gigaba, the notes are taken out of context and described them as 'scribbles written in haste.'
Meanwhile, Gigaba blamed his predecessor, Hlengiwe Mkhize, sayong it was his fault an appea was not lodged by the department on Gigaba's behalf. The court's decision when unchallenged.
Then, Gigaba claims to also have an email, in which the director for Firebade, Robbie Irons, confirms Gigaba's approval. While Gigaba said the approval part of the email is fake, he points out the email was also forwarded to the Guptas.
Gigaba wants to use this as evidence that the Oppenheimer family lied in court. Gigaba believes Irons' email proves the family is close and cosy with the Guptas.
Where to from here for Gigaba?
Ramaphosa can't overrule the public protector's findings, ultimately undermining her judgement and authority.
No matter what Gigaba told Ramaphosa, his Fireblade conduct is unacceptable and not in line with the ANC's 'new dawn'.
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