The African National Congress (ANC) has seen the resignations of eight of its MPs who didn't make it into President Cyril Ramaphosa’s executive.
Former tourism minister Derek Hanekom became the eighth minister to render his resignation on Tuesday.
His announcement came a few hours after former minister of women in the Presidency Bathabile Dlamini resigned.
Former Cabinet ministers Tokozile Xasa, Susan Shabangu, Dipuo Letsatsi-Duba and Nomaindia Mfeketho also resigned last week.
To discuss this spate of resignations, Ray White chats to ANC stalwart Mavuso Msimang.
It is not surprising that they should want to go, especially because they didn't make it into Ramaphosa's Cabinet. We are talking about people who started their political careers after 1994 to Parliament, then promoted to deputy minister and then promoted to ministers. While I think it is good to shed people in Parliament, they must be thinking that they are ending their political careers.— Mavuso Msimang, ANC stalwart
Msimang says he does not know if these ministers resigning is a push back against Ramaphosa but believes that there are some resignations that are welcomed.
The resignations of Malusi Gigaba, Nomvula Mokonyane and now Bathabile Dlamini who many within the ANC requested that they should excuse themselves from Parliament.— Mavuso Msimang, ANC stalwart
He says these resignations are an opportunity for others to move into Parliament and serve.
The most unexpected and shocking departure is that of Hanekom who threw himself into his job. Where he was minister, he put his best foot forward. He is a person who suffered the loss of his career because he wanted former president Jacob Zuma to resign.— Mavuso Msimang, ANC stalwart
Listen below to the full interview:
This article first appeared on 702 : 'Hanekom's departure is shocking and disappointing'