Bathabile Dlamini has officially tendered her resignation as
a member of parliament (MP) after serving as both Minister of Social
Development and Women in the Presidency during her parliamentary tenure.
Dlamini’s sudden resignation comes in the wake of her exclusion from President Cyril Ramaphosa’s Cabinet, which was officially announced at the end of May. Dlamini’s extended political career, which spans more than two-decades within the ruling party, made her a prominent leader of the ANC Women’s League (ANCWL).
ANC MPs resigning left, right and centre
Due to the ruling party’s leadership structures, it seems likely that Dlamini will retain her position as leader of the Women’s League – a position which doesn’t, technically, require parliamentary representation – at least until the outcomes of the party’s own elective conference, which is due to take place in December.
ANC Chief Whip, Pemmy Majodina, confirmed Dlamini’s
resignation on Tuesday morning, issuing a statement, saying:
“The Office of the CW confirms the resignation of former Minister for Women in the Presidency, comrade Bathabile Dlamini, as an ANC Member of Parliament.”
In a letter penned by Dlamini to ANC Secretary General, Ace Magashule, the leader of the Women’s League wrote:
“Allow me to take this opportunity and thank the organisation of the people, the ANC for allowing me an opportunity to serve the nation.”
Dlamini’s resignation follows in the footsteps of other ANC stalwarts, namely former ministers Siyabonga Cwele and Jeff Radebe, who also tendered their resignations earlier this month.
Other ANC executives, including Thokozile Xasa, Dipou Letsatsi-Duba, Makhosini Nkosi and Nomaindia Mfeketo, have also exited from the National Assembly, following the outcomes of the general election.
Bathabile Dlamini: No stranger to controversy
Dlamini’s tenure, as both a minister and ANCWL leader, has
been fraught with controversy. Her handling of the South Africa Social Security
Agency (SASSA) saga, while head of Social Development, drew ire and
condemnation from the Constitutional Court.
The Court determined that, through sheer incompetence,
Dlamini had risked the wellbeing of millions of South Africans. As a result,
the Constitutional Court motioned for the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) to
investigate the matter further.
This, in turn, raised a red flag with the ANC’s Integrity Committee,
which, by all accounts, will institute internal proceedings in connection with
allegations tabled against Dlamini.