Cape Town – Several former ministers have resigned as members of Parliament a week after President Cyril Ramaphosa announced his new Cabinet.
According to reports the three former ministers, Maite Nkoane-Mashabane, Nathi Mthethwa and Lindiwe Sisulu are set to cash in millions in pension payouts.
ANC Chief Whip Pemmy Majodina has confirmed the resignations, reports said.
Nkoane-Mashabane was reportedly the first of the few axed minister and deputy ministers who were expected to resign after being left out of the Cabinet, TimesLIVE. reported.
Majodina confirmed Nkoana-Mashabane’s resignation on Wednesday morning, the report said.
The report said the former minister opted to resign even though she initially agreed to be redeployed to a portfolio committee along other former ministers and deputies left out of the executive, including former sports minister Nathi Mthethwa and former deputy ministers Thembi Siweya and Phumulo Masualle.
ANC Chief Whip Pemmy Majodina has confirmed that former ministers Nathi Mthethwa, Maite Nkoane Mashabane and Lindiwe Sisulu have resigned as MPs. This follows their sacking by President Cyril Ramaphosa when he reshuffled his national executive. pic.twitter.com/1zLp2JOvh8
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Mthethwa’s resignation was unexpected as he had initially agreed to be redeployed to the portfolio committees on social development and trade, industry and competition last week.
Meanwhile, Sisulu was due to submit her resignation to the office of the ANC chief whip on Monday, reported BusinessLIVE.
The report said Majodina had confirmed Sisulu’s intention to resign, saying Sisulu had asked not to be redeployed after her axing.
“I contacted all members who were relieved from cabinet to allocate them committees but comrade Lindi Sisulu said I must not allocate her a portfolio committee because she was resigning and I will get her resignation letter on March 13 2023.
“I’ve not received the letter. I reminded her this morning.” the report quoted Majodina as saying
The report said Sisulu is set to receive at least R4 million in loss-of-employment benefits she would have forfeited if she opted to remain an MP.
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Compiled by Olwethu Mpeshe