After his swift action in ridding the SA Revenue Service of Tom Moyane, President Cyril Ramaphosa almost certainly has no choice but to axe Malusi Gigaba. Ramaphosa has, in the space of a week, been handed more ammunition than he’d ever reasonably hope to need to act against the home affairs minister. By dismissing his appeal against a high court decision that he lied to a court under oath, the Constitutional Court has all but certified Gigaba as a liar who cannot be allowed anywhere near a position of trust — let alone be the cabinet minister in charge of SA’s ports of entry through which billions of goods move. To compound it all, public protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane then also found that Gigaba not only lied to a court under oath, but that by so doing he had violated the constitution and the executive ethics code. All this relates to Gigaba’s decision to approve an application by a company owned by the Oppenheimer family, Fireblade Aviation, to operate a private terminal at OR Tamb...

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