One of Kwa-Zulu Natal (KZN) Members of Executive Council (MECs) who was shown the exit door has decided to entirely wave politics goodbye following his dismissal.
The former ANC MEC, Mike Mabuyakhulu‚ said he resigned as a member of the provincial legislature to pursue other interests. He told Gagasi 99.5 fm on Monday night that he believes it’s time to dive in other things outside politics.
“Yes, I have resigned. I have been serving [in Parliament] since 1994 and… I have been serving as MEC for 17 years. The time has come now to leave because I have had a rare opportunity to serve and I am handing over the baton, the movement has a lot of talent.
I feel I have done all in my power and to my best ability. I will retreat and pursue other interest. I feel perhaps it’s time to look elsewhere. I have full confidence in the incoming leadership,” said the former ANC treasurer.
He also used the medium to thank the ruling party for giving him an opportunity to serve the people. “I want to thank the movement‚ the ANC (African National Congress) for the opportunity it gave me to serve. I want to thank business‚ labour and all other stakeholders.”
Mabuyakhulu was ANC’s provincial economic development‚ tourism and environmental affairs MEC before he was recalled. He joined the legislature in 1994‚ and spent 17 of his 22 years there as a MEC.
Significantly, Mabuyakhulu was brought to limelight when then Premier Lionel Mtshali appointed him as MEC for economic development and tourism in 1999‚ a position which was previously occupied by President Jacob Zuma‚ before his appointment as SA’s deputy president.
The ANC in Kwa-Zulu announced a Cabinet reshuffle on Monday morning after newly-appointed Premier Willies Mchunu earlier denied the move. However, the cabinet reshuffle saw four MECs recalled.
ANC KZN chairperson Sihle Zikalala replaced Mike Mabuyakhulu as Economic Development and Tourism MEC, while Mthandeni Dlungwane replaced Peggy Nkonyeni as Education MEC.
Also, former ANC Youth League provincial leader Mxolisi Kaunda was appointed the new MEC for transport‚ safety and liaison — the position previously occupied by Premier Willies Mchunu.
Others include former uMgungundlovu district mayor Sithole-Moloi, who replaced sports‚ arts and culture MEC Ntombikayise Sibhidla-Saphetha. Lastly, provincial secretary of the South African Communist Party Themba Mthembu took over from Cyril Xaba as MEC for agriculture and rural development.
Meanwhile, mixed reactions have trailed the recent development. Prior to the development, the province was warned the move could fast-pedal intense divisions within the ANC, which may in turn wreak havoc for the party in the forthcoming elections.