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ANCYL in Limpopo defends Malusi Gigaba

Maluis Gigaba resigned as Home Affairs minister on Tuesday after he made headlines in recent weeks for lying under oath, his alleged links to state capture and the leaking of his sex video.

Former Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba at the Lindela Holding Facility in Krugersdorp on 5 November 2018. Picture Sethembiso Zulu/EWN

JOHANNESBURG – The African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) in KwaZulu-Natal has come out in defence of former Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba, saying there is a deliberate attack on him by white monopoly capital.

Gigaba resigned on Tuesday after he made headlines in recent weeks for lying under oath, his alleged links to state capture and the leaking of his sex video.

The ANC politician has however already filed an application for judicial review of the Public Protector's report into the Firebrlade Aviation controversy.

The ANCYL's Ngcebo Mazibuko says there is a campaign to smear Gigaba's name.

"All these things that are happening, the inquiries that he has been dragged before because he had disapproved the request by the Oppenheimers to have a private terminal at the [OR Tambo] International Airport because he wanted to retain the authority of government, the authority of the state."

While the African National Congress (ANC) has praised Gigaba for putting the country and the party above his own personal interests, opposition parties say his resignation as Home Affairs minister is long overdue.

Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane gave President Cyril Ramaphosa until Wednesday to take disciplinary action against Gigaba for violating the executive code of ethics.

She also instructed National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete to refer Gigaba to Parliament’s ethics committee for breaching the MPs’ code of conduct.

As Gigaba prepares to fight back against what he’s described as a political campaign to topple him, opposition parties are celebrating his departure from the Cabinet.

The Democratic Alliance’s John Steenhuisen says it’s clear that Gigaba resigned rather than suffer the humiliation of being fired by Ramaphosa.

"I think it’s also two weeks too late. I think Gigaba toughed it out and put his political principal in a very, very difficult position by weaving this story about this broad conspiracy against him to try and deny him the presidency."

The Inkatha Freedom Party’s Mhkuleko Hlengwa: "This was a necessary, but overdue action on his part, because the Constitutional Court and the Public Protector made solid findings against him, which he could not escape."

(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)

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