After his resignation from Home Affairs, Malusi Gigaba is still not off the hoot and there are indications that he might face jail time over compromise of his office.
Internal sources revealed that Gigaba will not be let off the hook despite tendering his resignation from President Cyril Ramaphosa’s Cabinet.
Gigaba on Tuesday became the second minister to fall from grace in Ramaphosa’s administration after former finance minister Nhlanhla Nene stepped down after testifying at the Zondo Commission of Inquiry.
Presidency confirmed late on Tuesday afternoon that the embattled Gigaba quit as pressure mounted for his axing.
This as the official opposition took Ramaphosa to court to have the appointments of Gigaba and Minister for Women Bathabile Dlamini reviewed and set aside.
On Tuesday, Parliament said he stood to be called to clarify any matters to the parliamentary inquiry into the naturalisation of the Guptas.
Home affairs portfolio committee chairperson Hlomane Chauke said they had noted Gigaba’s resignation, but said the inquiry into the naturalisation of the Guptas would go ahead.
“The inquiry (into) the naturalisation of the Guptas will determine if we call him. It is suspended for now, but we may have to call him. We wait for one person,” he said.
The DA’s Haniff Hoosen said Gigaba has done the right thing by resigning, but the Gupta naturalisation inquiry should continue.
“The principle of accountability must continue. It is clear that if Gigaba was professing innocence, he would have never resigned. It is acceptance on his side that he has done wrong,” Hoosen said.
He also said he should not be let off the hook by Parliament.
The ethics committee said it had still to decide what to do after Gigaba’s resignation.
Co-chairperson of the committee, Omie Singh, said he was not able to comment because he was not clear as to whether Gigaba had resigned as both minister and MP.
He also said he should not be let off the hook by Parliament. The ethics committee said it had still to decide what to do after Gigaba’s resignation.