Former home affairs minister Malusi Gigaba, who resigned this week, will go down in SA’s political history as a rather lamentable figure: vain, ambitious, hubristic — and more than a little indiscreet with the smartphone. But it turns out his downfall was caused not by a negative attribute, but by a positive one; a strong desire to please.President Cyril Ramaphosa gave no indication about what exactly caused Gigaba’s departure, but since the deadline for responding to public protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane’s upbraiding of Gigaba was the day after his resignation, presumably that had something to do with it. Technically, Gigaba resigned of his own accord, but since just a week ago he declared there would be "hell to pay" if he were removed from the ANC, presumably he was not intending to stand down entirely of his own accord.Gigaba’s great skill was his compliance. That compliance was visible when he removed swathes of parastatal board members to make way for corrupt Gupta-linked stooge...

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