BuzzSouthAfrica has confirmed the resignation of Mcebisi Jonas as an ANC MP.
Yesterday, Parliament confirmed the resignation of National Assembly member and former Minister of Transport, Ms Dipuo Peters. Her resignation was effective from 31 March.
Peters resignation follows President Zuma’s recent cabinet reshuffle which dismissed her from her office as South Africa’s transport Minister; and replaced her with Joe Maswanganyi, a former MEC of Sports, Arts and Culture in Limpopo.
Remarkedly, Ms Peters was appointed the transport Minister in another reshuffling of the cabinet which Mr Zuma carried out in 2013.
Now, the office of the ANC Chief Whip has confirmed that Mcebisi Jonas has resigned as an ANC MP. Like Ms Dipuo Peters, his resignation was effective from 31 March.
“Comrade Jonas has served both as Deputy Minister and MP with absolute distinction and dedication. He has also served the movement and the South African people in various capacities over the years.
“On behalf of the ANC in Parliament we thank comrade Jonas for his selfless service to the movement as its public representative.
“We are confident that he will continue serving the country and our movement in other capacities in future. We wish him well,” stated the ANC Chief Whip office.
As the former deputy minister of finance, Mcebisi Jonas together with Pravin Gordhan was sacked when President Zuma reshuffled the cabinet. It’s believed the Mr Jonas has been on President Zuma’s blacklist ever since he publicly alleged that Zuma and the Gupta family offered him the Finance Minister position after the President axed Nhlanhla Nene.
Failure to support the President’s “radical economic transformation” plans has been identified as the reason Zuma fired Gordhan and Jonas.
On Human Rights Day, BuzzSouthAfrica reported that Jonas rebuked the ANC government for its radical economic transformation agenda. He was quoted to have said:
“…We are misleading ourselves if we keep talking about radical economic transformation without talking about uplifting 51 million people.
Radical economic transformation should not be an elite program that seeks to replace white monopoly with black monopoly.”
Yesterday at AHI’s conference on small and medium-sized enterprise, Jonas expressed that he was pissed when he learnt that Zuma has axed him and Gordhan.
“…We all expected to be fired…everything we did was to advance the cause of the country,” he said.
With that, Jonas affirmed that hardship would continue to thrive in the country if the abuse of power continues.