Sex, lies and litigation - Gigaba's rollercoaster week

31 October 2018 - 11:36 By Ntokozo Miya
Malusi Gigaba has dominated headlines this week.
Malusi Gigaba has dominated headlines this week.
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Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba has had a lot on his plate this week.

From a sex tape, to being called a liar and an impending legal battle with talk show host, Redi Tlhabi, it's been a rollercoaster for Gigaba.

Here's what has happened in just four days.

Sunday: That sex tape

On Sunday Gigaba tweeted that a tape which had material of a sexual nature had been taken from his phone after it was allegedly hacked and used to blackmail him.

The video shows Gigaba in a sexual act, and according to his Sunday morning tweets, it was meant to be viewed by only him and his wife. He apologised to his family and the public for "the pain and embarrassment."

Social media latched on to the story and by Sunday afternoon, the #GigabaChallenge had taken hold, with people poking fun at the video. 

Tuesday: Fireblade & accusations of lies

Tuesday was not any better for the minister after Fireblade Aviation chairperson and one of South Africa's wealthiest people, Nicky Oppenheimer, alleged that the minister had lied to Parliament.

Oppenheimer told the National Assembly's home affairs committee that Gigaba lied when he told Parliament that he had not approved the operation of an airport terminal by Fireblade. The minister has previously denied ever giving such permission. 

Tuesday: An update on the Redi Tlhabi vs Malusi Gigaba case

An announcement by Gigaba to loosen regulations for children travelling into and out of South Africa saw journalist-turned author Redi Tlhabi claim on Twitter that the original decision to tighten regulations was based on a personal vendetta.

The allegations forced the minister to issue an official denial. 

In a statement released on the department of Home Affairs letterhead, it confirmed that "legal action" would be taken against Tlhabi.

On Tuesday, Tlhabi posted an update on her Twitter account, which has over 440,000 followers.

When contacted for comment by TimesLIVE, Home Affairs spokesperson Thabo Mokgola said "updates would be communicated as and when they become available."

One of Cape Town’s top criminal lawyers was shot dead on Tuesday October 30 2018, while dropping his child off at school.

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