The Department of Home Affairs has to date spent R874,199 on legal costs pertaining to Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba’s defence of his decision in the Fireblade Aviation matter. This was confirmed on Thursday in a written reply by Gigaba to a parliamentary question by DA chief whip John Steenhuisen. The case concerned Gigaba’s decision to overturn approval for the Oppenheimer-owned Fireblade Aviation to operate a private customs and immigration service at OR Tambo International Airport. A judge found the minister to have lied to the court. He lost his appeal to a full bench of the high court, as well as his appeal to the Supreme Court of Appeal, and has decided to take the matter to the Constitutional Court. Steenhuisen said it was “absolutely unacceptable” that Gigaba’s involvement in the Fireblade Aviation matter would continue to incur legal fees “as he attempts to overturn the damning findings of the high court, which concluded that the minister lied under oath and violated...

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