ANC chief whip Jackson Mthembu has confirmed the resignation of ANC Parliamentary spokesperson Moloto Mathapo.
Moloto started working for the ANC caucus since 2005 and has since served under seven ANC chief whips for the past 12 years.
Information from the ruling party’s quarters says his resignation takes effect on 14 February.
ANC chief whip Jackson Mthembu said Mothapo served with “dedication, diligence and uncompromising loyalty.”
“Comrade Moloto Mathapo has been an invaluable part of the ANC caucus and the ANC at large. We wish him the very best in future endeavours he wishes to explore. He can rely on our support wherever the future leads him,” Mthembu said.
Local media outlet, City Press reported that Moloto Mathapo will be joining Parliament as the institution’s new spin doctor on February 15. However, BuzzSouthAfrica is yet to confirm the credibility of the report.
Nevertheless, the report added that Mothapo has been tipped to fill the vacancy left by Luzuko Jacobs, Parliament’s former spokesperson who left the institution in December.
Jacobs resigned in December 2016 after thirteen years of rigorous and dedicated service. He left the Parliament to take up a position at Rhodes University and to complete his PhD in journalism and media studies.
Since the beginning of the year, South Africa has witnessed a series of resignations from top political figures in the country.
The first shocking resignation was rolled out by DA Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille on Monday.
Despite being a good mayor and taking the DA to a new record in capturing two-thirds of the Cape Town vote in 2016‚ de Lille resigned as the provincial leader with effect from Wednesday, February 1.
In her resignation letter to DA leader Mmusi Maimane, she said she believes she has achieved the goals she set as the provincial leader, promising not to stand for election at the next congress.
De Lille added that she wants to focus on her goals as Cape Town mayor – which is implementing a transformation plan to “modernize and reform the government to improve service delivery.
Barely 24 hours after de Lille’s resignation, top State prosecutor Gerrie Nel tendered his. As gathered, the ‘top dog’ resigned in order to tackle matters which the NPA declined to prosecute.
The same path was also toed on Wednesday by Gauteng Health MEC Qedani Mahlangu, who resigned in the wake of the health ombud’s report into the deaths of 94 mentally ill patients in the province.
In his report titled‚ “94 silent deaths and still counting”, professor Makgoba said investigations found that the number of 94 fatalities is provisional as bodies remain unidentified in morgues and some families are still coming forward with names of dead people.
He lashed out at the MEC for announcing 37 deaths between March 23 and December 19, 2016, whereas the number of deaths was actually 77.
Mokogba, thereafter, urged Premier Makhura to discipline and possibly suspend the head of the health department and her director.
Four down! Are there more coming? Time will tell.