Unlike one of his predecessors in the Treasury, Malusi Gigaba is not going to fall on his own sword. Just more than three weeks after Nhanhla Nene left his post as finance minister, having owned up at the Zondo commission to undisclosed meetings with the Gupta family, President Cyril Ramaphosa has to decide what to do about the home affairs minister, who is accused of much worse. To say Gigaba has had a rather colourful career in the government would be an understatement. His personal life has also occupied more than its fair share of attention. The latter part is something for him and his family to be concerned about. Public protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane’s finding on his behaviour while representing the country is what should be of concern to the president. This may be a good time to reaffirm what the constitution says about the role and responsibilities of ministers. When they are appointed, they are required to swear that they will, among other things, obey and uphold the supreme ...

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