ONE OF the reasons Malusi Gigaba handed his resignation letter as minister of Home Affairs, had to do with meetings he had with other members.
Although unconfirmed, reports suggest he met the likes of Ekurhuleni Mayor Mzwandile Masina and Fikile Mbalula behind closed doors, whom were all ANCYL members.
According to those close to talks, he was advised to step aside and instead begin mobilizing youth structures from regions particularly in KZN- he’s home-base; that would eventually ascend him to top structures within the movement.
Resigned former minister of finance Nhlanhla Nene also comes from the same region as Gigaba. So expect a fierce battle.
As a former youth leader Gigaba could either go against President Cyril Matamela Ramaphosa or not, depending on the influence and majority rule within the ANC. He will have all the time to himself to do as he pleases.
With national elections taking place in six months, one would not undermine Gigaba’s dominance but instead closely monitor his moves as a build-up to elections.
Spending time with family after his ordeal lately will be his priority for now; also a visit to a gym will help. But he’s a man with a lot on his plate… Yes, we gonna miss those designer suits.
Despite his unexpected resignation on Tuesday Gigaba may not be off the hook just yet.
The Democratic Alliance said it would still pursue charges of perjury against him, while the EFF slammed him as corrupt, unpatriotic and dishonourable.