Thu. Jul 18th, 2019

ANC says departed MPs will ‘serve the party in other capacities’

jeff radebe with bathabile dlaminiWe have not seen the last of the departed MPs, the ANC confirms.

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The ANC has thanked all of its departed Members of Parliament for their contributions, as former Minister of Women in the Presidency, Bathabile Dlamini became the seventh party official to tender her resignation.

As reported by EWN, Dlamini’s departure comes a day after former Minister of Home Affairs, Siyabonga Cwele, together with Jeff Radebe, notified the party of their permanent leave from their respective positions.

Why are ANC MPs suddenly resigning from Parliament?

This mass exodus has been linked to the integrity committee’s report that was tabled in the last special NEC meeting that was chaired by the party’s secretary-general, Ace Magashule.

In the report, 23 members were accused of bringing the ANC’s image into disrepute, and a chance was given to them to plead their case before the committee.

Deputy President, David Mabuza took full advantage of the latter and he has since been exonerated from all charges.

Related: Siyabonga Cwele joins bandwagon as sixth ANC MP to leave Parliament

No reasons for the six members’ resignations have been furnished, which has allowed the rumour mill enough momentum to draw links between their departures and the controversial report.

However, insiders have rubbished this link and instead noted that President Cyril Ramaphosa’s vacuumed Cabinet was a cue for the old hogs to pack up and go while their ministerial retirement packages were still available to them.

ANC vows to work with departed MPs

While more resignations have yet to be announced, the party has thanked the likes of Radebe and Cwele for their unwavering commitment in their respective portfolios.

“Their departure does leave a void within the caucus. But the caucus is quite satisfied by the knowledge that we will be able to tap into their experience over time as they’ve both indicated that they’re willing to serve the party in other capacities,” ANC spokesperson, Nonceba Mhlauli confirmed.

The party also noted that it will be making announcements on their replacements in the next coming days.

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