‘I feel an avalanche of pressure’

Adding to the minister’s troubles‚ Business Day reported on Monday that a draft report on state capture at Eskom‚ compiled by the parliament’s portfolio committee of public enterprises‚ names Gigaba as one of the government officials suspected of being “captured” and who should be criminally investigated.

If Gigaba was trying hard to keep his cool after the sex tape scandal‚ these subsequent developments have certainly left him feeling the heat.

“I feel an avalanche of pressure‚ all of which seems political‚” he said. “A common narrative is being built up that seeks to paint me as a person who is not fit to hold public office‚ without giving me a fair opportunity to state my case.”

Gigaba said he would not walk in the footsteps of former finance minister Nhlanhla Nene‚ who resigned last month.

“It’s got nothing to do with fighting to keep my position; it’s about fighting to protect my integrity and to protect my image and to ensure that I do not become a victim of devious political campaigns‚” he said.

“I am a deployee of the ANC. I will do what the ANC asks me to do.” 

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