Malusi Gi­gaba’s woes just keep mul­ti­ply­ing

Sunday Observer - - NEWS -

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.

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