Minister of Home Affairs, Malusi Gigaba has violated the Constitution of South Africa by lying under oath, according to Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane.
Busisiwe Mkhwebane on Thursday, released the findings of her report into Gigaba’s misconduct. According to Business Day, the initial request for investigation was tabled by the Democratic Alliance’s John Steenhuisen.
In December 2017, the Pretoria High Court found that Gigaba had told “untruths” under oath, during a legal battle against the Oppenheimers’ Fireblade Aviation over a private terminal at OR Tambo International Airport.
Mkhwebane’s findings reveal that not only did Gigaba lie under oath, but he also violated the Executive Ethics Code, as his statements in court were made in the capacity of Minister of Home Affairs.
Mkhwebane’s report was delivered to the office of President Cyril Ramaphosa, who now has 20 days to convey the appropriate action he seeks to enact. The speaker of the national assembly, Baleka Mbete, has 30 days to act on the report in terms of Gigaba’s breach of the Executive Ethics Code.
Mkhwebane’s report vindicates the Pretoria High Court’s findings, as such, Gigaba could face criminal charges, because lying under oath is punishable by a court of law. Gigaba will also be held accountable by parliament.