Malusi Gigaba’s woes just keep multiplying
CAPE TOWN - The political woes of Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba continued to deepen this week with the minister to face more questions in Parliament over the damning court judgment on the Fireblade Aviation saga and the findings of the public protector.
Chairperson of the portfolio committee on home affairs Hlomani Chauke on Friday also confirmed that other than the two matters for which Gigaba has to answer to Parliament, he still faces the findings into the naturalisation of the Guptas.
Chauke said the committee would release its findings in the next few weeks after one last witness has appeared before them.
The Parliamentary committee will also next week grill Gigaba over his version against the judgment of the Constitutional Court and the findings of the public protector.
This is not the first t i me t he embattled minister has been probed. The committee has been investigati ng Gigaba for several months over the natu- ralisation of the Guptas and the latest two scandals have added to his woes.
Chauke refused to comment on what would happen to Gigaba but President Cyril Ramaphosa is under pressure to fire him.
Chauke said when Gigaba was summoned to Parliament last month, he assured them there was no permit issued for Fireblade Aviation to operate a terminal at ORTambo International Airport.
Now that the Constitutional Court and the public protector have found him wanting, Chauke said Gigaba had to explain himself.
He said what Gigaba told MPs contradicted the findings of the Concourt and public protector advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane .
Chauke said they would also deal with the findings on the naturalisation of the Guptas later this month or early next month, then issue a report with these. However, when Gigaba previously appeared before the committee on the matter he was accused of lying by MPs, and not being truthful about the natural is at ion of the Guptas.
Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba.