Gigaba’s sex tape : Should politicians personal lives matter?

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On Sunday morning South Africa woke up to the news that a video of a sexual nature featuring Minister of Home Affairs Malusi Gigaba was doing the rounds.

Gigaba himself broke the news on Twitter where he wrote that his phone was hacked in 2016 or 2017 and the video, which was meant for his wife, was stolen. It has apparently been used to blackmail him.

The video has since dominated headlines and chatter on social media, which brings to the fore several questions around public and private morality: Are politicians answerable to the public when they mess up in their private lives and can we trust a politician who can’t be trusted to keep his sex life private?

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