Thursday, 15 November 2018
Cape Town: Speaker of the National Assembly, Baleka Mbete, has received a letter from former Home Affairs Minister, Malusi Gigaba, informing her that he is resigning as a Member of Parliament.
Mbete had earlier received a letter from President Cyril Ramaphosa on Gigaba.
The letter relates to the Public Protector’s investigative report on the alleged violation of the Constitution, the Executive Ethics Code, the Code of Ethical Conduct and Disclosures of Members’ Interests for Assembly and Permanent Council Members by Gigaba.
According to Section 3(5) of the Executive Members’ Ethics Act, “the President must within a reasonable time, but not later than 14 days after receiving the report on a Cabinet member or Deputy Minister referred to in subsection 2(a), submit a copy of the report and any comments thereon, together with a report on any action taken or to be taken thereto, to the National Assembly”.
Accordingly, the President informed the National Assembly of the former minister’s resignation from the Cabinet.
Mbete has referred both the letter of the President and the Report of the Public Protector to the Joint Committee on Ethics and Members’ Interests, for consideration and report, and to the Portfolio Committee on Home Affairs for information.