Former home affairs minister Malusi Gigaba has resigned as an ANC Member of Parliament.
The Parliament speaker’s office confirmed that Gigaba had submitted his resignation letter on Thursday.
Gigaba’s resignation from Parliament follows his resignation as a minister earlier this week.
Speaker Baleka Mbete referred both the letter from President Cyril Ramaphosa and the Public Protector’s report to the Joint Committee on Ethics and Members’ Interests for probing.
Calls mounted for Gigaba to resign after he was involved in scandal, regarding the VVIP terminal legal action between himself and the Oppenheimers. The Gauteng High Court governed that Gigaba had lied under oath over the matter.
The Constitutional Court dismissed the minister’s application to appeal the high court ruling. The court said the case was improbable to succeed.
It was for the second time when the Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane found that Gigaba violated the constitution and the executive ethics code when he lies under oath in court.
Gigaba’s sex tape which he says was stolen when his phone was hacked has also been spreading widely on social media, grabbing strong criticism from opposition parties.
Gigaba said that his resignation should not be taken as a confession of guilt. He plans to take Mkhwebane’s report on a court review.