Despite his resignation as Home Affairs Minister, Democratic Alliance (DA) has on Tuesday vowed it will not abandon legal action to have the court declare Malusi Gigaba and Bathabile Dlamini‘s appointments as ministers by President Cyril Ramaphosa unlawful, unconstitutional and invalid.
“We are seeking an order by the court to this effect. Our legal team has approached the North Gauteng High Court on October 23, 2018, and we can confirm that it set the matter down for March 11, 2019,” said DA Chief Whip John Steenhuisen.
Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) welcomes Gigaba’ s resignation describing him as a lair, saying had been a Gupta stooge and the engine of State Capture under Jacob Zuma administration.
“He ensured the Gupta attain citizenship in South Africa, aiding them to qualify for deals with State-owned Enterprises during his tenure as Home Affairs Minister. He has been a shame, corrupt and pathetic,” EFF spokesperson Dr Mbuyiseni Ndlozi said in a statement.
The Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Home Affairs, Hlomani Chauke, has noted Gigaba’s resignation.
“We acknowledges the selfless and principled decision he has taken to resign following damning findings by the Public Protector and the Constitutional Court. We thank Gigaba for his many years of service to this Committee and for the initiatives he had implemented in trying to create the department a people’s centered administration,” said Chauke.
He added that the Committee will await announcement of the new executive authority and commit to continue to work with his successor to ensure quality services to South Africas and foreign nationals visiting the country.
Gigaba tendered his resignation letter as Home Affairs Minister to President Ramaphosa on Tuesday.
His resignation follows mounting pressure from opposition’s parties regarding the findings by Public Protector’s report that Gigaba violated the constitution and the executive member’s ethics code when he lied under oath about allowing Oppenheimer family to operate a private terminal at OR Tambo International Airport
Gigaba stated in his letter of resignation he was stepping aside for the sake of our country and the movement to which he belongs.
“Further to relieve the President from undue pressure and allow him to focus on improving the lives of the people of South Africa and for him to do the best he can do to serve the country and save it from this economic meltdown, “Gigaba said in a letter.
In a statement on Tuesday, President Ramaphosa accepted the Gigaba’s resignation, expressing his appreciation for Minister’s longstanding service.
President Ramaphosa has requested Minister of Transport Dr Blade Nzimande to act as Minister of Home Affairs until he makes a permanent appointment.