The DA is also asking the court to direct Ramaphosa to pay the costs of its application‚ jointly and severally with any other respondent who opposes the application. Dlamini and Gigaba are the other respondents in the matter.
“This is to ensure that if either Malusi Gigaba or Bathabile Dlamini choose to adopt Zuma-esque delay tactics in opposing this application‚ they are to pay out of their own pockets. South Africans will not bear the cost of millions of rands for errant ministers’ attempts to clear their names‚” said Maimane. “In the case of Gigaba‚ we are of the view that he is severely compromised; he has been found against. It would be wrong for the South African taxpayer to finance his legal defence.”
The DA has also laid criminal charges of perjury against Gigaba‚ and wants Ramaphosa to publicly support these charges.
This after Judge Neil Tuchten of the North Gauteng High Court found that Gigaba‚ as home affairs minister‚ “deliberately told untruths under oath” and that “he committed a breach of the constitution so serious that I could characterise it as a violation”. This was in relation to whether Gigaba gave approval for Fireblade Aviation to operate a private terminal at OR Tambo International Airport.
Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane also found Gigaba to have violated the Constitution and the Executive Ethics Code in relation to the Fireblade matter. She recommended that Ramaphosa take disciplinary action against Gigaba‚ who has since indicated that he intends to challenge this finding.