- The North Gauteng High Court has ruled that Gigaba lied under oath and violated the Constitution
- He had allegedly promised a wealthy family a private terminal complete with immigration and customs staff
- The court ruled against Gigaba who is appealing the ruling
Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba has been found guilty of lying under oath by the North Gauteng High Court.
The ruling dates back to when he was Minister of Home Affairs. A company that wanted to open a private immigration terminal at OR Tambo airport had taken Gigaba to court and accused him of breaking an agreement to open the private terminal.
“The minister deliberately told untruths under oath,” Judge Neil Tuchten said in his ruling. The ruling was subsequently circulated by the main opposition party the Democratic Alliance.
The ruling was damning and didn't stop at simply accusing Gigaba of lying but of breaching the Constitution to such a degree that it was called a violation.
The private terminal was supposed to service Fireblade Aviation, a company which is owned by the influential Oppenheimer family.
The family accused Gigaba of going back on his word to provide officials to staff the immigration and customs facility. The terminal was to be built at OR Tambo airport on land rented from Denel, the arms manufacturer.
Gigaba had denied approving the terminal. However, the court ruled in Fireblade's favour.
The Finance Minister is appealing the ruling. It is illegal in South Africa to give a private terminal to a family.
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