Malusi Gigaba mum after a week of massive blows

02 November 2018 - 06:00 By Odwa Mjo
Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba has remained silent on social media.
Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba has remained silent on social media.
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Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba has remained mum after a rollercoaster week saw him making headlines for all the wrong reasons.

BusinessLIVE reported on Thursday that the Constitutional Court had dismissed his final attempt to appeal a high court judgement that found he had lied under oath in his legal battle with the Oppenheimer family.

On Tuesday, Fireblade Aviation chairperson, Nicky Oppenheimer claimed that Gigaba had lied to Parliament.  This after the minister had denied approving the operation of an airport terminal for Fireblade Aviation at OR Tambo International Airport.

The Constitutional Court decision came just one day after Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane found Gigaba had violated the constitution and executive ethics code by lying in court.

Mkhwebane found Gigaba had lied under oath about the approval of the Oppenheimer family's aviation facility at OR Tambo. TimesLIVE reported Mkhwebane has given President Cyril Ramaphosa 20 days to advice the Public Protector on what action must be taken against Gigaba.

Gigaba has since been called to appear before Parliament to "account" for what happened in the OR Tambo terminal matter. 

The minister, who is usually active on his social media accounts, has remained silent on the issues. The last time he tweeted was on October 29. This was in reference to a sex video involving him being leaked online. On Sunday, Gigaba said that his phone had been "illegally intercepted" and the video, which he claims was meant for him and his wife, had been used to blackmail him.

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