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Jail Time on the Cards for Malusi Gigaba

Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba has been given a five-day grace period to decide whether or not Frederik Ngubane, a man without a state, can become a permanent resident in South Africa.

According to a report on Timeslive the Pretoria High Court ruled on Monday that Gigaba was in contempt of a court order directing the Minister of Home Affairs to make a decision on Ngubane’s fate within 30 days.

The order took place in August last year, while Naledi Pandor was still Minister of Home Affairs.

Ngubane was born in South Africa in 1990, but spent much of his life in Kenya and Uganda. Both his parents have died and he now finds himself with no formal papers. Ngubane has been struggling to become a permanent resident for almost two years.

His cause has been picked up by Lawyers for Human Rights who say if Gigaba fails to respond within five days they will push for jail time for the Minister.

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