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UPDATE 2-South Africa's home affairs minister Gigaba resigns

Updated: 14-11-2018 02:38 IST
South Africa's Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba resigned on Tuesday after what he called "sustained and vitriolic attacks" on his integrity and said he intended to clear his name.

Gigaba has been under growing pressure to stand down since a High Court ruling last December concluded that he had lied under oath in a case involving efforts to set up an immigration facility for wealthy VIPs at an airport.

Gigaba served as South Africa's finance minister from March 2017 to February 2018 and was then reappointed home affairs minister. He has always denied any wrongdoing.

The pressure on Gigaba increased last month when he apologised over a private sex video that was leaked on social media after his phone was hacked while he was finance minister.

Last week, South Africa's official anti-graft watchdog said Gigaba should be disciplined for lying under oath about the wealthy Oppenheimer family's attempt to open a private airport immigration facility.

Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane directed President Cyril Ramaphosa to discipline Gigaba and to inform her of the action he had taken within 20 days.

"I wish to state that my resignation is not an admission of guilt on my part," Gigaba said in a statement late on Tuesday, adding he had undergone "a long period of sustained and vitriolic public attacks".

Gigaba said he had requested a judicial review of the Public Protector's finding regarding the private airport immigration facility and would defend himself in all other matters.

Ramaphosa has requested Minister of Transport Blade Nzimande to act as Minister of Home Affairs until a permanent appointment is made, the president's office said.

Gigaba was thrust into the role of finance minister after South Africa's then-president Jacob Zuma sacked Pravin Gordhan, a move that unnerved investors and roiled markets at the time. (Reporting by Nqobile Dludla Writing by James Macharia Editing by Gareth Jones)

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