In a government that appears to be tainted by various scandals from some of its very high political office holders, Malusi Gigaba appears to be no different than his colleagues even though he was once hailed as a breath of fresh air. The South African politician, who has served as Deputy Minister of Home Affairs, Minister of Public Enterprises, Minister of Finance, and Minister of Home Affairs of The Republic of South Africa, has been embroiled in more than a few controversies, some of which have made the headlines of blogs and led to parliamentary hearings.
Who is Malusi Gigaba?
As mentioned above, Malusi Gigaba is a South African politician. Born Knowledge Malusi Nkanyei Gigaba, the former minister of Home Affairs began his journey to the top of South African politics through his involvement with multiple student organizations, including the South African Youth Congress (SAYCO), Young Christian Students (YCS), Congress of South African Students (COSAS), and South African Student Congress (SASCO).
Gigaba’s participation with these groups laid the groundwork for his involvement with the African National Congress Youth League as most of the student and youth organizations in the country were aligned with the African National Congress (ANC) which was at the time banned. Following the unbanning of the ANC Youth League in 1990, he joined the group that went on to elect him as president three times in a row (1996, 1998, and 2001).
In 1991, Malusi Gigaba was first elected to the National Assembly of South Africa as a Member of Parliament for the African National Congress. Despite resigning in 2001, he was again elected to the body in 2004, becoming Deputy Minister of Home Affairs soon after. He held the position until November 2010 when he was made the Minister of Public Enterprises. Gigaba served as Public Enterprises minister from then until May 2014 when he was moved to the helm of the Home Affairs ministry.
Malusi Gigaba was again on the move in March 2017 when President Jacob Zuma appointed him Minister of Finance. He spent less than a year here before he was renamed Minister of Home Affairs by new South African President Cyril Ramaphosa. Much to the surprise of everyone, Gigaba resigned from his position on the 13th of November 2018. Two days later, he also resigned as a Member of the National Assembly. The reasons for his decision to leave the government are not known, however, the release of a sex tape from his phone might have played a role.
Education and Qualifications
For his primary school education, Malusi Gigaba attended Mathonsi Primary School in Mandeni. He later enrolled at Vryheid State High School and Ethalana High School in the district of Umzinyathi before proceeding to the University of Durban-Westville (UDW), where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Education. He later also earned a Masters Degree in Social Policy from the same institution.
Does He Have a Wife or Girlfriend?
A look at the personal life of Malusi Gigaba will reveal that he has been involved with a number of women over the years. The former minister is currently in his second marriage after his first one came to an ugly end. He was previously married to a woman identified as Thabong Gigaba whom he shares a daughter named Lerato. Details of when they got married or how they met are unavailable. In 2010, however, things came to a crashing end for the couple as they got embroiled in an ugly divorce dispute and custody battle that made headlines all across the country.
As divorce proceedings went along, Gigaba was said to have already begun a relationship with Nomachule Mngoma, an IT executive at one of South Africa’s top IT companies. The couple are said to have met in a Johannesburg restaurant where they immediately kicked things off. Their relationship went on to produce two sons; Nkanyezi and Mvelo, before they decided to exchange marital vows in a lavish wedding ceremony in 2014.
All appeared to have been going well for the couple until it emerged that Malusi Gigaba was involved in a number of extra-marital relationships. New York-based stylist Buhle Mkhize was one person who was said to have been involved with the minister. She and Gigaba’s wife went on to feud on social media as both women continue to engage in several spats.
In 2018, a leaked sex recording of the minister in a solo sex act found its way to the internet, prompting him to apologize to the public and his family. He stated that the video, which was being used to blackmail him, was meant for his wife.