Former Home Affairs Minister, Malusi Gigaba, has resigned as a Member of Parliament. The news was confirmed on Thursday morning by the Speaker's office.
On Thursday morning, the speaker's office received a letter from President Cyril Ramaphosa. The letter pertained to the Public Protector's report into whether Gigaba violated the executive ethics code.
Baleka Mbete, the National Assembly Speaker, referred the letter and the Public Protector's report to the Joint Committee on Ethics and Members’ Interests.
It's believed these will now fall away after Gigaba's resignation as MP.
Moloto Mothapo, the parliamentary spokesperson said:
"With the subsequent resignation of the former minister as a Member of Parliament this time, the Ethics Committee will have to make its own decision with regards to the referral."
Briefly.co.za reported that Gigaba stepped down as the Home Affairs Minister on Tuesday afternoon, a day before President Cyril Ramaphosa was set to take action against him.
On 13 October, news broke that embattled Malusi Gigaba sent the head of state a letter of resignation.
According to a report by BusinessLIVE at the time, 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.
However, Gigaba stressed that his resignation as the minister was not an admission of guilt.
Despite his resignation, and the several controversial happenings of the past few weeks, the ANC said it still wants Malusi Gigaba to be play a vital part in the ruling party.
According to eNCA, Gigaba said he decided to resign after a long period of sustained 'and vitriolic public attacks' on his integrity.
The former minister added: "I wish to state that my resignation is not an admission of guilt on my part.”
Meanwhile, Pule Mabe, the ruling party's spokesman, said Ramaphosa did not convince Gigaba to resign.
In October, Briefly.co.za reported that Business tycoon and South African billionaire, Nicky Oppenheimer accused Gigaba of lying.
Recently, Oppenheimer and his son, Jonathan, appeared before the Home Affairs Committee where they explained their operations at their privately-owned Fireblade Aviation terminal at OR Tambo International Airport.
Their dealings 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.
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