- A source close to the Malusi Gigaba matter claims the former minister left quietly, because he was promised a lucrative position after the elections
- Gigaba resigned as minister on Tuesday, then as an MP on Thursday after he was found guilty of lying under oath
- It's been reported Gigaba lied about the Fireblade Aviation terminal at OR Tambo International Airport
A source close to the Malusi Gigaba saga has made some rather worrying claims. According to reports, Gigaba will return after the 2019 elections with a cosy new position.
It's been reported that Gigaba could be SA's next major comeback kid. Claims have been made that the former home affairs minister may return to a senior managerial post, possibly even a political position.
According to The Citizen, a source, with intimate knowledge of the situation, has not left completely. The source alleges Gigaba will resurface later, in a high-profile post following a settlement deal he allegedly reached with President Cyril Ramaphosa. It's believed the deal included a promise by Gigaba to go quietly.
Briefly.co.za learned the source said Ramaphosa wanted to avoid Gigaba drifting to the faction loyal to Jacob Zuma.
According to the source, this was all a well calculated move by Ramaphosa.
Gigaba left quietly. He did not make any damaging statements about the ruing party or goverment when he resigned as a minister on Tuesday, and MP on Thursday.
In his resignation letter, Gigaba said he wanted to relieve Ramaphosa from 'undue pressure'. Gigaba also added he resigned not only in the interest of South Africa, but the ANC too.
The source alleges Ramaphosa asked Gigaba to follow in Nhlanhla Nene's footsteps when he resigned as the finance minister. According to the source, the president told Gigaba he should resign out of free will to avoid a dismissal.
Meanwhile, it's believed Gigaba remained adamant that he did nothing wrong in the Fireblade Aviation saga, which was a key factor to his likely dismissal.
However, Ramaphosa remained under severe pressure to fire Gigaba after a call from the Public Protector for the president to take disciplinary action against him.
Busisiwe Mkhwebane found Gigaba breached the Executive Code of Ethics and the Constitution by lying under oath on Fireblade.
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 Gigaba 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.
The Pretoria High Court also found Gigaba guilty of lying under oath about the Fireblade Aviation application to operate a private terminal at OR Tambo International Airport. Although Gigaba denied he granted permission for the terminal, he lost another appeal in the Constitutional Court.
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