CAPE TOWN: Former home affairs minister Malusi Gigaba has resigned as a member of Parliament, ANC parliamentary caucus spokesperson Nonceba Mhlauli has confirmed.
His resignation in parliament comes after Gigaba resigns as a Cabinet minister on Tuesday.
The embattled former home affairs minister issued a statement issued on Tuesday evening, speaking out on his resignation.
“I did so after a long period of sustained and vitriolic public attacks on my integrity. I wish to state that my resignation is not an admission of guilt on my part,” Gigaba said.
He said that the integrity of government and the ANC was more important than him bearing political office.
News24 reported that earlier today, the speaker’s office said it received a letter from President Cyril Ramaphosa relating to the Public Protector’s report into whether Gigaba violated the executive ethics code.
National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete referred both the letter and the Public Protector’s report to the Joint Committee on Ethics and Members’ Interests.
ANC Chief Whip, Jackson Mthembu has since thank Gigaba for his “distant service to the people of South Africa and the African National Congress.
“We appreciate the fact that comrade Gigaba has put the interests of the ANC and that of the country first, which has informed his line of action. This is what we expect from any cadre of our glorious movement, of which comrade Gigaba has remained true to,” said Mthembu.
These processes, however, look like they will now fall away in light of Gigaba’s resignation as an MP.