The Home Affairs Minister, known in the tourism industry as \u2018Tourism Terminator\u2019 for his restrictive visa policies seeing billions lost in inbound tourism, has been denied leave to appeal against a lower court ruling that he lied under oath in the Fireblade Aviation operation. Meanwhile Gigaba (pictured) is at the centre of a social media sex scandal as a home made video of him taking his own matter into his own hand is being distributed via Twitter. \r\n\r\nMinister lied to Parliament\r\nTourismUpdate reports the case against Gigaba was laid by billionaire businessman Nicky Oppenheimer and ANC politician-turned-businessman Manne Dipico. They told Parliament that Gigaba had lied to the institution when he insisted that he never gave the company approval to operate a private terminal at Johannesburg\u2019s OR Tambo International Airport.\r\nThis means that Gigaba has no further avenues in the courts to try and vindicate himself; he has exhausted all his legal remedies. The SA Public Protector, Busisiwe Mkhwebane, has recommended that President Cyril Ramaphosa take disciplinary action against Gigaba, which in effect could lead to him either having to resign, or be dismissed.\r\nMeanwhile Gigaba\u2019s controversial visa regulations continue to hurt SA\u2019s inbound tourims. One of them is the regulation that parents must travel with unabridged birth certificates for underage children and certified letters from any parent who is not travelling with the child. It has seen thousands of families being denied travel to South Africa - even entire tour groups, like youth choirs, have been turned away at airports in Europe. Promises of visa reform has not been honoured by the minister. \r\nLate last month the embattled minister has also taken to Twitter to apologise after a home sex video was leaked. In a series of tweets, Gigaba says the private video was offloaded from his phone during an alleged phone hack, which tech experts say is highly unlikely. \r\n\r\nA sexual act\r\nThe compromising video has since gone viral on social media, showing the minister engaging in a sexual act. Opposition party, the EFF, has denied involvement in leaking the video.\u00a0\r\nIf it is up to\u00a0 the Southern Africa Tourism Services Association (Satsa) CEO David Frost Gigaba won\u2019t make it to tomorrow.\u00a0 He says government announced in March that the visa restrictions would be removed, but this still hasn\u2019t happened. Home affairs is obstructive and home affairs minister Malusi Gigaba begrudgingly announced some amendments recently but failed to do what Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom says was agreed upon.\r\nAccording to a report in The Citizen Gigaba failed to consult the tourism industry about the countries for which visa requirements should be scrapped and included some obscure countries that are not tourism source countries for South Africa, while other important source countries like New Zealand were left out.\r\nFrost said that if a minister cannot do what the president says must be done \u2013 get rid of the regulatory barriers to tourism growth \u2013 the president should replace that minister.\r\nAccording to Frost, when former president Jacob Zuma wanted to remove visa requirements for Russia for his own \u201cquestionable reasons\u201d he did not consult anybody and just did it. \u201cWhy should it be any more difficult to do the same with regard to other countries to support the tourism industry,\u201d asked Frost.\r\n\r\nTourism decline\r\nIn a report by TourismUpdate, tourism industry representatives are hopeful that Gigaba\u2019s troubles could speed up his imminent departure from destructive politics. \u201cHe is the person responsible for the tourism decline from our key source markets with his ill-conceived visa regulations,\u201d says James Vos, Democratic Alliance (DA) Shadow Minister of Tourism. \u201cHe was warned from the start that these regulations would hurt the industry and cause drops in arrivals because of the superfluous unabridged birth certificate (UBC) requirement, and also the ludicrous in-person application process. He simply went ahead without following the advice of the industry. He has lost all credibility and should resign or be fired, so that we can start rebuilding our tourism brand and implement systems that will take tourism forward. We need regulations that will make it easier for tourists to apply online by way of electronic visas.\u201d\r\nDA Shadow Minister of Home Affairs, Haniff Hoosen, agrees: \u201cGigaba has caused immense damage to the tourism industry, and it will take years to rebuild the image of our country, and send out the correct message to the world that SA is accessible and a destination worth putting on the visitor bucket list. The DA firmly believes that dismissing Gigaba will be the best course of action for the country, and for the tourism industry.