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Opposition parties want Gigaba to account for wrongdoing

Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane instructed National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete to refer Malusi Gigaba’s conduct to Parliament’s ethics committee, a hurdle he must face if he chooses to remain an MP.

FILE: Former Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba. Picture: AFP

CAPE TOWN - Malusi Gigaba’s decision to step down as Home Affairs minister saved President Cyril Ramaphosa from having to fire him.

But opposition parties say Gigaba must still account, and that resigning from Cabinet does not provide him with immunity for wrongdoing.

For his part, Gigaba in a statement on Tuesday night said he’s applied for a judicial review of the Public Protector’s findings against him in the Fireblade Aviation VIP terminal saga, in which a court found he’d lied under oath.

Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) MP Mbuyiseni Ndlozi says that it doesn’t matter whether Gigaba was pushed or jumped.

“All other processes demanded by the Public Protector must still take their due course in relation to Parliament and we expect that Parliament would abide by that,” says Ndlozi.

Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane instructed National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete to refer Gigaba’s conduct to Parliament’s Ethics Committee, a hurdle he must face if he chooses to remain an MP.

“He has to face the music especially around the issues of the Guptas,” United Democratic Movement leader Bantu Holomisa says.

Democratic Alliance Chief Whip John Steenhuisen says that having resigned from Cabinet does not make Gigaba immune from being held accountable “for acts of commission and omission”.

“We hope that as the state capture inquiry continues and Gigaba’s role is further exposed, that he will not escape accountability.”

LISTEN: DA gives Gigaba’s resignation a thumbs up

The South African Communist Party has commended Gigaba for resigning but says Gigaba must still provide answers to many of the matters still surrounding him.

The party's Alex Mashilo says: "The Fireblade matter must be investigated. We do have the Public Finance Management Act in this country, it’s important that South Africans are given an explanation of what basis is the so-called 'agreement valid.'"

The Ahmed Kathrada Foundation has also welcomed Gigaba's resignation but says he must still face the music.

The foundation's Neshaan Bolton says: "Those issues in the Zondo commission will elaborate on those aspects and I think once that’s done, the necessary actions will have to be taken."

For his part, Gigaba in a statement last night, said that he's applied for a judicial review of the Public Protector's findings against him in the Fireblade VIP terminal saga in which a court found he'd lied under oath.

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)

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