Malusi Gigaba caves to mounting pressure, resigns as Home Affairs Minister

Malusi Gigaba caves to mounting pressure, resigns as Home Affairs Minister

Malusi Gigaba has stepped down as the Home Affairs Minister on Tuesday afternoon, a day before President Cyril Ramaphosa was set to take action against him.

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On 13 October, news broke that embattled Malusi Gigaba sent the head of state a letter of resignation.

According to BusinessLIVE, the president was set to take action against Gigaba, who had a rough couple of weeks, on Wednesday.

Opposition parties pressed for Gigaba to step down or be sacked after the public protector found that he had violated the constitution by lying to the court about the details surrounding the Fireblade Aviation situation.

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Ramaphosa welcomed the former Finance Minister's resignation, the presidency confirmed in a statement.

‘‘The president has accepted the minister’s resignation and expressed his appreciation for minister Gigaba's longstanding service to the government and people of SA,’’ the presidency said.

Briefly.co.za learned Gigaba said in his letter of resignation that he willingly stepped down because it was in the best interest of the country and the "movement" he belongs to.

He added his resignation relieved the pressure on the president, whom should rather concentrate on improving the lives of South Africans.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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