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Outgoing Deputy President David Mabuza the latest ANC member to resign from Parliament

Outgoing Deputy President David Mabuza the latest ANC member to resign from Parliament
Deputy president David Mabuza during the nomination process for the Top Seven as delegates call for his removal at the ANC's 55th national conference on 17 December 2022. (Photo: Leila Dougan)

The resignation of Deputy President David Mabuza indicates his imminent departure from President Cyril Ramaphosa’s Cabinet.

Deputy President David Mabuza resigned as a member of the National Assembly on Tuesday, Daily Maverick learnt on Wednesday morning

At the beginning of the month, the outgoing deputy president confirmed that he had resigned from his position. Mabuza was speaking at his brother’s funeral in Mpumalanga where he said he wanted to make way for newly elected ANC deputy president Paul Mashatile. 

President Cyril Ramaphosa’s spokesperson Vincent Magwenya explained earlier that Mabuza would only leave the position once they had tied up all the loose ends pertaining to his departure. 

The delays around the Cabinet reshuffle sparked rumours that Mashatile was being blocked by Ramaphosa’s close allies. However, ANC secretary-general Fikile Mbalula has been adamant that there is nothing untoward about the process surrounding the reshuffle. 

Not only was Mabuza not re-elected at the ANC’s 55th conference in December 2022, he also no longer occupies a seat in the party’s National Executive Committee (NEC), its highest decision-making body between conferences. 

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On Tuesday, Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana was quietly sworn in as an MP. Eastern Cape MP Mike Basopu resigned on Monday to make way for Godongwana.


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Godongwana’s swearing-in is believed to be a move by Ramaphosa to allow the appointment of Head of Infrastructure at the Presidency Kgosientsho Ramokgopa as minister of electricity. Ramokgopa is expected to be one of the two ministers appointed who are not part of the National Assembly.

The ANC has sworn in four new MPs this month – party deputy Mashatile, second secretary-general Maropene Ramokgopa, KwaZulu-Natal cooperative governance MEC Sihle Zikalala and former Gauteng economic development MEC Parks Tau. 

It is likely that there will be a number of ministers who will be booted out of Ramaphosa’s Cabinet. Those who are at risk are senior members who were not elected into the NEC and those who have defied the ANC or spoken harshly against the President.

Prominent ministers who did not make the NEC list include Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Naledi Pandor, Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture Nathi Mthethwa and Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, the Minister of Women, Children and People with Disabilities.

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Neither has National Assembly Speaker Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula been elected to the NEC, which places her at risk of being booted out. 

Some insiders believe Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan is unlikely to face the chop despite not being elected to the NEC. 

There is speculation that Tourism Minister Lindiwe Sisulu and Cooperative Governance Minister Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma will be dropped. Both have had their differences with the President. DM

Update at 11.50am: The presidency subsequently confirmed the resignation of Mabuza from parliament and thus as deputy president, saying in a statement: “President Ramaphosa will make an announcement in due course about the appointment of a new Deputy President.”

Ramaphosa thanked Mabuza for his “exceptional service to the country”, saying: “The Deputy President has undertaken the responsibilities of his office with dedication. I am grateful for the support he has provided to me throughout his term and for the leadership he has provided to the work of government.”

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  • Marilyn Small says:

    Enough speculation already? Please Pres. Ramaphosa, can we now have some substantive, effective action in this never ending chess game. Asseblief tog!

  • Thinker and Doer says:

    This is a further very interesting development, in light of the excellent investigative reporting that was published earlier in the week about the criminal syndicates that have control of Eskom in Mpumalanga, and involvement of Ministers in the whole scheme.

    • Stephanie Brown says:

      I am also wondering if there is a connection… there is so much going on that not even the best investigative journalists know about (or have even information to report). For example, does Ramaphosa know something that we don’t know which explains all these delays? It’s all very strange…

  • J C says:

    We as citizens of this country would not have noticed anything different if this useless freeloader hadn’t resigned. It remains to be seen if anything useful will come of this new cabinet, however, I sincerely doubt it.
    The more things change, the more they stay the same.

  • Michael Hayman says:

    He thanked Mabuza “for his excellent service”. Name me ONE positive thing this man did. He may have served Ramaphoza well, by never opening his mouth. Then again, he was ill and had to spend a lot of time in Russia.

  • Carol Stewart says:

    He’s certainly provided exceptional service to SOME in the country. A few people are much richer for it. Everyone else is suffering

  • laracatherine007 says:

    Hmmmmm i wonder if its got anything to do with the Eskom Cartels….

  • Jane Crankshaw says:

    Thanked Mabuza for his exceptional service to the country? Sorry…what service? Helping Eskom or helping himself to what Eskom could give him? Taxpayers have a right to know where their contributions are being spent/used or stolen. They have a right to the truth and to recourse if it’s stolen. Basically taxpayers have rights…something the ANC doesn’t appear to understand!

  • Hermann Funk says:

    “Ramaphosa thanked Mabuza for his “exceptional service to the country.” Does the president believe that the citizens of this country are idiots. DM did nothing useful. He was conspicuous by his absence.

  • Johan Buys says:

    “it was bound to come out”

  • Francois Nortje says:

    Great News – now he will have time to start building his defence in ANOTHER scandal surrounding this “comrade” that has been fighting against mr Fred Daniel in ANOTHER corruption and CRIMINAL syndicate. I hope one day that the ANC criminals will face the music – NOT WITH MOET CHANDON…

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