With only his second Tweet in the last two years, Malusi Gigaba made a rare appearance on Twitter earlier this afternoon to boast about findings made in Monday’s report from the Public Protector. The former Home Affairs Minister blasted the media in his two-post tirade – and made something of an oversight in the process.
Public Protector’s gaffe over Malusi Gigaba
The Acting PP initially stated that Gigaba had abused his power when allowing the Guptas to earn South African citizenship back in 2010. However, around 30 minutes later – and just enough time for media houses to share this news publicly – Kholeka Gcaleka issued a second statement, tracking back on the initial claims.
“There is a huge factual error on one of our summaries, which differs materially from the report. The Public Protector DID NOT find there was abuse of power on Malusi Gigaba’s part.”
Public Protector statement
Malusi Gigaba back on Twitter
Gigaba, sensing an opportunity for a rare PR victory, came steam-rolling back into the social media chatter on Monday: He slammed the press for mistakes made by the Public Protector, and claimed a moral victory in the process:
“[eNCA] has NO FEAR (When it comes to spreading lies about reports we have not even read) and NO FAVOUR (Unless there is some anti-Gigaba propaganda to dish out). I welcome the key findings of the Public Protector’s report which clears me of the baseless allegations I shall not be commenting on the rest of this report until I have consulted with my lawyers.”
Malusi Gigaba on Twitter
NO FEAR (When it comes to spreading lies about reports we have not even read). NO FAVOUR (Unless there is some anti-Gigaba propaganda to dish out). pic.twitter.com/krCVsP0cfG
— Malusi Gigaba (@mgigaba) February 8, 2021
Are we forgetting something?
However, Malusi Gigaba would have done well to read the REST of the clarification issued by the Public Protector. Advocate Gcaleka made it obvious that Gigabyte was, by no means, off the hook. She revealed that the office did find the former minister guilty of breaching Parliament’s Ethics Code.
“He did, however, breach the Parliamentary Ethics Code by failing to name the Guptas as beneficiaries. We apologise for the inconvenience caused by the incorrect summary.”
Public Protector statement
We don’t foresee Mr. Gigaba staying online for too long, though. His ex-wife, Norma, revealed she will appear at the State Capture Inquiry. Her testimony is likely to explosive, and she’s already surfaced as one of the top Twitter trends on Monday – and there’s a high chance that Gigaba could lose his internet connection as quick as he found it this week.