Embattled home affairs minister Malusi Gigaba has resigned. President Cyril Ramaphosa received Gigaba's letter of resignation on Tuesday, a day before the president was meant to take action against him after the public protector found that he had violated the constitution and the executive code of ethics when he lied to the court regarding the Fireblade Aviation matter. ‘‘The president has accepted the minister’s resignation and expressed his appreciation for minister Gigaba's longstanding service to the government and people of SA,’’ the presidency said in a statement. ‘‘Minister Gigaba indicated in his letter of resignation that he was stepping aside for the sake of our country and the movement to which he belongs. And further to relieve the president from undue pressure and allow him to focus on improving the lives of the people of SA and for him to do the best he can to serve the country and save it from this economic meltdown.’’

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