Embattled South African minister for Home Affairs, Malusi Gigaba has resigned his cabinet position, according to the country’s presidency.
Gigaba has been under pressure to quit his cabinet position, following a High Court ruling that he lied under oath, thus violating the constitution.
The presidency on Tuesday said Gigaba wrote his resignation letter to president Cyril Ramaphosa, saying he had chosen to place the interests of the ruling African National Congress and the country above his personal interests.
Gigaba reportedly told the president that his resignation was not an admission of guilt, adding that he had done no wrong and leaves the public service with a clear conscience.
But for many of his critics, the personal and political scandals that Gigaba was battling with, had stained his reputation beyond redemption.
Malusi becomes the second minister of Ramaphosa’s cabinet to resign.
Last month, the finance minister, Nhlanhla Nene, resigned his position, following his confession of previously undisclosed meetings held between 2010 and 2013 with the controversial Gupta brothers.