7 November 2018

South Africa: Try As He Might, MPs Refuse to Buy Gigaba's Story

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Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba got shut down in Parliament late on Tuesday night when MPs dismissed his attempt to proffer old explanations in the Fireblade Aviation private terminal saga. Just a few days earlier the minister's last bid to appeal court findings that he had lied under oath was dismissed - still he wanted to tell MPs there had been no approval - and the public protector instructed President Cyril Ramaphosa to take disciplinary steps against the politician once touted to head for the presidency. MPs across the board were not impressed by Gigaba's performance.

Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba was told "to go rest", not by an opposition MPs, but his ANC colleagues.

"Please, let's allow the minister to go rest... Let the president and Speaker deal with him," said ANC MP Malesela Kekana.

No one objected.

On Tuesday night this comment was a clear sign that the minister was - if not on the way out of the door - then at least on very thin ice. Whether Gigaba knows...

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