Parliament has summoned Minister of Home Affairs, Malusi Gigaba to appear before its Committee on Tuesday to explain his department’s view for granting a permission to operate a private terminal at OR Tambo International Airport.
This follows the Public Protector’s Report that the Minister lied under oath and Constitutional Court dismissing Gigaba’s leave to appeal the High Court ruling on the matter.
Home Affairs Portfolio Committee Chairperson Hlomani Chauke confirmed they have met the owners of Fireblade Aviation and they explained their side of the story and alleged that Gigaba lied.
Portfolio Committee had on various occasions had engagements with the department on the matter as part of its oversight role.
Chauke said the Committee’s preoccupation is that private terminal operation is conducted with a clear agreement that allocates roles and responsibilities and protects taxpayers monies.
“Public Protector’s findings and the Constitutional Court ruling puts into question the admissibility of information that the department has put before the committee. The meeting next week with Minister Gigaba is to ascertain the department’s view on the matter now,” said Chauke.
Chauke said it is only fair that the committee affords the department and Minister Gigaba an opportunity to clarify the matter so that the committee concludes its oversight over the matter.
“The findings of the Public Protector and the Constitutional Court ruling point to a total disregard for the taxpayers resources spending large sums of money on frivolous litigation on the matter.
The committee has to apply its mind on what then needs to happen in recouping the money spent on litigation,” said Chauke.
Chauke added that the committee will if requested, the same as the Public Protector report also refer present information to the Ethics Committee.