Embattled South African Home Affairs minister Gigaba resigns

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FILE: Malusi Gigaba addresses Parliament in Cape Town, South Africa February 21, 2018. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings
FILE: Malusi Gigaba addresses Parliament in Cape Town, South Africa February 21, 2018. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings

South Africa’s Home Affairs minister Malusi Gigaba has resigned from his post.

The presidency on Tuesday confirmed that President Cyril Ramaphosa had received Gigaba’s resignation in what he said was for “the sake of our country and the movement to which he belongs.”

“The president has accepted the minister’s resignation and expressed his appreciation for Minister’s Gigaba longstanding service to the government and people of South Africa,” reads a statement from the presidency.

Gigaba has been under pressure over the past two weeks when a court ruled that he had been dishonest about the Fireblade private terminal at OR Tambo International Airport.

The public protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane had found that the former minister had violated constitution and the executive code of ethics when he lied to the court regarding the matter.

There had been increased calls for Gigaba to resign and it is widely believed that President Ramaphosa was to take action on the matter.

The president has requested Minister of Transport Blade Nzimande to act as Minister of Home Affairs until a permanent appointment is made.

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