JOHANNESBURG: Transport Minister Blade Nzimande will take over as the acting home affairs minister.
Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba resigned from his post following mounting pressure for President Cyril Ramaphosa to boot him out of the cabinet.
“The President has accepted the Minister’s resignation and expressed his appreciation for Minister’s Gigaba longstanding service to the government and people of South Africa,” the Presidency said in a statement on Tuesday.
Transport Minister Blade Nzimande will take over as the acting home affairs minister.
Ramaphosa was given until Wednesday by the Public Protector to discipline Gigaba for lying under oath in a court case involving the Oppenheimer family.
The Democratic Alliance (DA) has also been granted a court date for the new year to challenge Ramaphosa’s decision to retain Gigaba in his Cabinet.
Besides Gigaba’s political travails, he was also embarrassed after a video leaked which showed him in a sexual act.
It was reported over the weekend that Gigaba met with Ramaphosa last week in an attempt to smooth over the fallout of the court judgments. He allegedly told the president that he never lied and that his full account of events were never taken into consideration.