Gigaba resigns from SA parliament

Former finance Minister Malusi Gigaba delivers his budget address at Parliament in Cape. Photo : Reuters

Johannesbourg, South Africa (ADV) – South Africa’s former Home Affairs minister Malusi Gigaba has resigned as a member of parliament following his resignation as the minister two days ago.

Parliament spokesperson Moloto Mothapo confirmed today that Gigaba forwarded his resignation two days after he resigned from President Cyril Ramaphosa’s cabinet after he was recently the subject of court and parliamentary criticism over his handling of the matter of the Oppenheimer-owned Fireblade private terminal at OR Tambo International Airport.

According to a statement released by the Presidency, Gigaba said in his resignation letter, to relive President Cyril Ramaphosa from “undue pressure” so that he could “focus on improving the lives” of South Africans and “serve the country and save it from this economic meltdown”.

“The president has accepted the minister’s resignation and expressed his appreciation for minister Gigaba’s longstanding service to the government and people of South Africa,” said presidency spokesperson Khusela Diko in a statement.

“Minister Gigaba indicated in his letter of resignation that he was stepping aside for the sake of our country and the movement to which he belongs. Further, to relieve the president from undue pressure and allow him to focus on improving the lives of the people of South Africa and for him to do the best he can to serve the country and save it from this economic meltdown,” added Diko.

Transport minister Blade Nzimande is the acting home affairs minister until a permanent replacement is made.

© Bur-csa – A.H – N.A / From our regional correspondent Mkhululi Chimoio – African Daily Voice (ADV)