Former home affairs minister Malusi Gigaba has resigned as an MP, Parliament spokesperson Moloto Mothapo has confirmed.
He quit as a Cabinet minister on Tuesday.
The tainted former home affairs minister issued a statement on Tuesday evening about his resignation.
“I did so after a long period of sustained and vitriolic public attacks on my integrity. I wish to state that my resignation is not an admission of guilt on my part,” Gigaba said.
He said that the integrity of government and the ANC were more important than him being in political office.
The office of ANC chief whip Jackson Mthembu confirmed Gigaba’s resignation on Wednesday, effective from Tuesday, November 13.
Mthembu thanked Gigaba for his service to the people of South Africa and the ANC.
“We appreciate the fact that comrade Gigaba has put the interests of the ANC and that of the country first, which has informed his line of action. This is what we expect from any cadre of our glorious movement, of which comrade Gigaba has remained true to,” Mthembu said.
He wished him well in his future endeavours.
Earlier on Thursday morning, the speaker’s office said it received a letter from President Cyril Ramaphosa relating to the Public Protector’s report into whether Gigaba had violated the executive ethics code.
National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete referred the letter and the Public Protector’s report to the Joint Committee on Ethics and Members’ Interests.
These processes, however, look like they will now fall away in light of Gigaba’s resignation as an MP