- Malusi Gigaba has survived President Ramaphosa’s cabinet reshuffle
- Gigaba has been moved from the finance ministry back to the department of home affairs
- He was Minister of Home Affairs when certain members of the Gupta family were naturalised under suspicious circumstances
Malusi Gigaba has survived President Cyril Ramaphosa’s first cabinet reshuffle which was announced on Monday night.
Gigaba will, however, be swapping the finance ministry and National Treasury keys for the keys to his old office at the Department of Home Affairs.
Gigaba has been accused by the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) of being at the centre of the state capture scandal, this is in part due to the fact that Gigaba waived residential requirements and allowed Ajay Gupta, his wife mother and sons to be naturalised.
Briefly.co.za gathers that now that Gigaba is back in his former position his decisions about naturalising the Guptas could well come back to haunt him.
Gigaba has always claimed that his actions have been by the book and he denied any wrongdoing.
The Parliamentary Portfolio Committee for Home Affairs will meet later on Tuesday to discuss the matter. Committee chairperson Lemias Mashile has poured cold water on the notion that an in-depth review of the matter would take place.
Mashile said if Gigaba gave his cooperation there would be no-need for an in-depth investigation into the matter.
He added that political parties (such as the EFF) were pushing their own agenda on the matter. He said in terms of the law, there was no dispute in this matter.
“He issued a statement that he signed the naturalisation and why he signed it, and the department confirmed it,” he said. “There is no confusion. There is nothing really.”
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