Disgraced former Minister of Home Affairs Malusi Gigaba has resigned as a Member of Parliament, Parliament spokesperson Moloto Mothapo confirmed in a statement on Thursday morning.
This follows his resignation as a Minister of Home Affairs on Tuesday supposedly to mounting pressure from opposition’s parties, the findings by Public Protector’s report that Gigaba violated the constitution and the executive member’s ethics code when he lied under oath allowing Oppenheimer family to use 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, saying he was relieving the President from undue pressure.
On Thursday Moloto confirmed President Ramaphosa informed the National Assembly the former minister has also resigned as a Member of Parliament.
“The Speaker of the National Assembly has received a letter from President Ramaphosa relating to the Public Protector’s investigative report on the alleged violation of the Constitution, the Executive Ethics Code, the Code of Ethical Conduct and Disclosures of Members’ Interests for Assembly and Permanent Council Members by the former Minister of Home Affairs,” said Moloto.
Moloto said the Speaker has referred both the letter of the President and the Report of the Public Protector to the Joint Committee on Ethics and Members’ Interests, for consideration and report, and to the Portfolio Committee on Home Affairs for information.
According to Section 3(5) of the Executive Members’ Ethics Act, the President must within a reasonable time, but not later than 14 days after receiving the report on a cabinet member or Deputy Minister referred to in subsection 2(a), submit a copy of the report and any comments thereon together with a report on any action taken or to be taken thereto, to the National Assembly.