Gigaba must face consequences for violating Constitution, says Mkhwebane

Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane says President Cyril Ramaphosa must take action against Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba for lying under oath in court.

Mkhwebane says Gigaba violated the Constitution, the Executive Ethics Code and Parliament code, among other codes.

This is related to a court battle between Fireblade Aviation, owned by the wealthy Oppenheimer family, and Department of Home Affairs.

The court battled pertained to the offering of immigration services at the private-owned Fireblade VIP airport terminal at OR Tambo International Airport.

In December last year, in litigation between the department and the company, the High Court found Gigaba deliberately told untruths.

Mkhwebane can only advise that Gigaba be disciplined for the various violations, she cannot prescribe how that must be done, explains EWN's Barry Bateman.

Gigaba will also be required to account to Parliament.

She was reinforcing what the High Court had found about Malusi Gigaba and his comments during litigation between Fireblade Aviation and the department.

Barry Bateman, EWN reporter

The Public Protector doesn't have the authority to direct the President on how to conduct disciplinary action.

Barry Bateman, EWN reporter

She can only direct the President to take such steps, it is his prerogative on how to do so.

Barry Bateman, EWN reporter

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