Why did the rand strengthen and ratings agencies give the thumbs-up to the national budget delivered by Malusi Gigaba, the Finance minister, last Wednesday? It certainly wasn’t because of anything that this empty suit did by himself. On the morning that he delivered the speech the press was heavy with news that three judges of the high court had found that he had lied under oath. The court also found that Gigaba violated the Constitution.The judgment follows a court battle launched by Fireblade Aviation, owned by the Oppenheimer family, in November 2016 against the Department of Home Affairs and others. In his capacity as Home Affairs minister, Gigaba had agreed to grant permission to the Oppenheimers to run a seven-star private airport terminal. The Guptas came along, dragging their favourite poodle, Duduzane Zuma, along with them, and Gigaba swiftly changed his mind and withdrew his permission for the Oppenheimers to run their business. Gigaba has form in working for the Guptas. I...

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