Political analyst Ralph Mathekga says former Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba’s resignation is significant.
Mathekga says the former home affairs minister was under pressure in the past few weeks.
In his resignation letter, Gigaba says he is stepping aside for the sake of the country and the African National Congress (ANC) – while also relieving the President of any undue pressure to fire him.
Gigaba resigned one day before the deadline that was set by the Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane for President Cyril Ramaphosa to take action against him for lying under oath.
He also says he filed an application for judicial review of Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane’s recommendation on the Fireblade Aviation matter.
Mathekga says Gigaba was a rising star in the ANC but adds that this could be overshadowed by some of his miscalculations and bad decision making.