Gigaba fails to attend immigration hearings

State law advisor Enver Daniels had to explain why the minister failed to show up.

Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba. Picture: Govan Whittles/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba on Friday failed to turn up at Western Cape Provincial Legislature hearings examining the impact of new immigration regulations.

Instead, a chief state law advisor addressed the Standing Committee on Agriculture and Economic Development, explaining why the minister didn't show up.

State law advisor Enver Daniels said the minister was summoned to appear before the committee to "engage" with it on the effect new immigration regulations, which may have an impact on economic development.

But he said the summons was worded in a clumsy way.

Daniels says the committee cannot summon a minister to test his ideas on the regulations as implied by the word "engage".

This does not mean provincial government will never summon a minister.

Daniels says in this case, it was outside the law.

The advisor asked the legislature to withdraw the summons, adding Gigaba will be happy to engage with the committee under different circumstances.