Bathabile Dlamini, the leader of the ANC Women’s League, is the latest party member to resign today as a member of parliament, making her one of seven former ministers to resign in less than one week. According to reports, more MPs are expected to resign in days to come.
Former human settlements minister Nomaindia Mfeketo was the first MP to resign on Wednesday 5 June, followed by former minister of state security Dipuo Letsatsi-Duba and former social development minister Susan Shabangu on Thursday, 6 June. On Friday 7 June former minister of sport and recreation Tokozile Xasa resigned along with former minister of intelligence and home affairs Siyabonga Cwele and former minister of justice and energy Jeff Radebe.
Dlamini, the former minister of women is the latest to resign at this stage.
While many former ministers never stated their reasons for their resignation, Dlamini said, in a letter to the party’s secretary-general Ace Magashule, that she is thankful to have served the nation, but however, saddened that she was blamed for the wrongdoings and mistakes of others. She also raised concerns about the behaviors of ANC members that are being overlooked, among other issues in her resignation letter.
Seven new MPs were sworn in this week to fill the space of MPs who resigned. The members who were sworn in by the deputy speaker Lechesa Tsenoli, include Tshoganetso Mpho Adolphina Tongwane, Norbert Sifiso Buthelezi, Fikile Andiswa Masiko, Judy Hermans and Manketsi Mamoabi Emily Tlhape.
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