South Africa’s Home Affairs minister Malusi Gigaba has resigned from his post.
Gigaba has been under pressure over the past two weeks when a court ruled that he had been dishonest about the Fireblade private terminal at OR Tambo International Airport.
The public protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane had found that the former minister had violated the constitution and the executive code of ethics when he lied to the court regarding the matter.
There had been increased calls for Gigaba to resign, only for the presidency to confirm on Tuesday that President Cyril Ramaphosa had received Gigaba’s resignation.
President Ramaphosa has said that his acceptance of the minister’s resignation was for “the sake of our country and the movement to which he belongs.”
The President reportedly expressed his appreciation for Mr Gigaba’s longstanding service to the government and people of South Africa.
Meanwhile, the President has requested Minister of Transport, Blade Nzimande to act as Minister of Home Affairs until a permanent appointment is made.