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South Africa s former home affairs minister resigns from parliament

JOHANNESBURG - South Africa s former Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba has quit as a member of parliament following his resignation from the government after the High Court found he had lied under oath, parliament said on Thursday. Gigaba resigned as minister on Tuesday in a case involving efforts to set up an immigration facility for wealthy VIPs at an airport. The speaker of parliament, Baleka Mbete, received a letter from Gigaba informing her of his resignation, parliament said in a statement without providing further detail. Last month, South Africa s anti-graft watchdog said Gigaba should be disciplined for lying about the wealthy Oppenheimer family s attempt to open the private immigration facility. Gigaba, who was finance minister in 2017-2018, has denied any wrongdoing. Last month he apologized over a private sex video that was leaked. REUTERS

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