Thabo Manyoni, Free State Member of Parliament (MP) and former Mangaung Metro Executive Mayor has resigned from Parliament.
During Parliament’s recess, Manyoni confirmed to reporters that he has resigned. He, however, declined to comment on his future plans.
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Also, ANC Free State spokesperson Thabo Meeko confirmed the resignation. The former MP was appointed an MP in September 2016 and was endorsed during the ANC Provincial Leadership Summit held in Bloemfontein.
Thabo Manyoni and Brian Molefe are the latest ANC members of Parliament to resign. Molefe’s controversial resignation comes three months after he was pushed to Parliament by the ruling party.
ANC’s Jonas Mcebisi was the first to leave Parliament, followed by former ministers Tina Joemat-Pettersson (energy)‚ Dipuo Peters (transport), Ngoako Ramatlhodi (public service) and Rejoice Mabudafhasi (Former deputy minister of arts and culture).
Last year, there were strong speculations Manyoni had indicated interest to replace Free State Premier Ace Magashule has been at the helm in the province for 25 years.
Ace Magashule faces a revolt, as some ANC members in his province have been plotting a second regime change.
A group of people in the region also came up with the same allegation this year, claiming Manyoni had resigned since two months as an MP because the ANC offered him a position in the Free State legislature.
But spokesperson Meeko refuted the claims and confirmed that Mayoni is currently sitting jobless at home and has not received any offer from the ruling party.
Thabo Manyoni is a strong supporter of deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa. He once said in his personal capacity that Ramaphosa should succeed President Jacob Zuma, in line with the party’s long-held tradition. But premier Ace said such tradition doesn’t exist.
There has been a serious falling-out between the two men, who were once close allies, according to multiple sources in the region.