Malusi Gigaba’s future hangs in the balance after the public protector found that the embattled home affairs minister had violated the constitution and the executive ethics code by lying in court. Pressure is mounting on President Cyril Ramaphosa to axe Gigaba, after advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane instructed him to take "appropriate disciplinary action" against the minister for also violating parliament’s code of ethics. Mkhwebane’s findings are binding until they have been reviewed and set aside by a court. Asked on Wednesday what appropriate action would entail, the public protector said she could not prescribe to the president. She started the investigation after a complaint by DA parliamentary chief whip John Steenhuisen, a sequel to the high court in Pretoria finding in December 2017 that Gigaba had told "untruths" under oath. This was related to a dispute between Gigaba, in his capacity as home affairs minister, and the Oppenheimer family’s Fireblade Aviation over SA’s richest fa...

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