Malusi Gigaba is probably relieved that 2018 is coming to an end. The former Home Affairs Minister seems to be doing his best to recover from the seemingly endless controversy surrounding him these days
The year began with Gigabe being reshuffled from his post as the Minister of Finance and sent back to his old position as Minister of Home Affairs. This had been his third time in this position after having served as a deputy in 2004.
He had only served as finance minister for a short time before being moved and had been subjected to a huge amount of scrutiny.
September saw Gigaba appearing before the Home Affairs Parliamentary Committee to address the naturalisation of the infamous Gupta family.
He denied any personal relationships with the family and had claimed that he had not shown them any favoritism.
Gigaba had admitted to dealing with five different members of the family during the course of his tenure.
November had brung the beginning of the end for Gigabe after a sex tape had been leaked. The former minister has claimed that it had been a part of a political conspiracy against him and was a part of efforts to blackmail him.
Following this Gigaba appeared before Parliament to face allegations that he had authorized a VIP terminal at OR Tambo International Airport for the Oppenheimer family.
Nicky Oppenheimer has since claimed that Gigaba had lied to Parliament
That very same week saw Busisiwe Mkhwebane, Public Protector, finding Gigaba had lied while under oath.
The Public Protector had given President Cyril Ramaphosa 20 days to react to her findings.
The pressure had obviously been having its toll on Gigaba, who had received backlash after using a pinky finger gesture in Parliament.
He had used the gesture during Ramaphosa’s question and answer session after Mbuyiseni Ndlozi, spokesperson for the EFF, had advised the president to provide cabinet members with phones that didn’t have cameras.
Gigaba had taken to Twitter to apologise, saying that he had been provoked and had been under strain.
Gigaba had been advised to step down by his fellow ANC members in the face of the upcoming 2019 elections.
He had released a statement saying his resignation had not been an admission of guilt to any of the allegations against him.
Despite the increasing odds against him Gigaba has put on a brave face, taking the free time to campaign for the ANC and even has a chance to return to Parliament, after rumours that he was nominated at the ANC’s List Conference.
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