In a statement released by the Presidency on Tuesday afternoon, Gigaba is said to have resigned in order to save the country, the ANC and to relieve President Cyril Ramaphosa of the immense pressure he’s been under, to take action against him.
“Minister Gigaba indicated in his resignation that he was stepping aside for the sake of our country and the movement to which he belongs,” the statement reads.
“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.”
Ramaphosa has deployed Transport Minister Dr Blade Nzimande to the Home Affairs ministry as acting Minister.
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Giagaba’s resignation comes as an about turn following last week’s interview with eNCA where he vowed not resign because that would be playing into the hands of the forces that are allegedly out to damage his political career.
Ramaphosa had been under pressure to fire Gigaba, who has been at the centre of numerous controversies. They include:
- a leaked private video of him engaging in a sexual act,
- the Constitutional Court’s dismissal of his application for leave to appeal a finding that he lied under oath about approving the Oppenheimers’ private terminal at OR Tambo International Airport
Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane reached similar conclusions to the court in her own investigation into the Oppenheimer scandal.
Gigaba claimed there were people who never wanted to see him become president. He even went as far as accusing parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Public Enterprises of being part of a “campaign” aimed at destroying him.
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Meanwhile, some ANC branches opted to continue showing Gigaba support, with his name making the cut among those members wanted to send to the National Assembly after the 2019 elections.
This is part of the party’s list process, which allows its members to nominate names of people they want to see serving in Parliament and in provincial legislatures.
EWN reported Health Minister and ANC national executive committee member Aaron Motsoaledi was heckled as he pleaded party members at the Maphoto branch to not nominate Gigaba.
An ANC member closely linked to Gigaba told News24 the minister was being nominated to serve across the country, with the Eastern Cape, Free State, Limpopo and his home province of KwaZulu-Natal including his name on lists of those they wanted to see serving at national level.
With additional reporting by News24Wire