Former police minister Fikile Mbalula has resigned as a member of Parliament‚ the ANC said on Friday. Jackson Mthembu‚ the ANC’s chief whip in Parliament‚ said the resignation was effective from February 26. Mbalula was recently ousted from the cabinet of President Cyril Ramaphosa. He has since taken up a post as head of the ANC’s election campaign
He was recently removed as the minister of police following President Cyril Ramaphosa’s Cabinet reshuffle.
Mbalula’s resignation does not come as surprise as he has been appointed as the ANC’s head of elections, a full-time post to be based at Luthuli House.
“While comrade Mbalula’s departure from Parliament will leave a void, we derive satisfaction from the knowledge that he will continue serving the movement as the ANC’s Head of Elections towards the 2019 General Elections campaign,” said the statement issued by the Chief Whip Jackson Mthembu’s office.
The ANC has announced a series of appointments at its head office at Luthuli House with aim the of beefing up its preparations for the 2019 national elections.
Other appointments at Luthuli House include Senzo Mchunu who will head-up organising and Zizi Kodwa who is appointed as the head of ANC presidency.
Mbalula is the second former Cabinet minister to resign as MP after President Ramaphosa announced changes to his Cabinet.
Former Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown was the first to go after her axing.
The other eight former ministers remain ANC MPs and former State Security Minister Bongani Bongo re-joined the portfolio committee on justice and correctional services.
Bongo participated in the discussions in Parliament this week when the committee grilled Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane on her report in the Estina dairy project report that cleared top officials.