David Mabuza confirms he has resigned as deputy president of the Republic of South Africa.
David Mabuza, the deputy president, finally spoke up about his plans and announced his resignation.
This comes after weeks of rumors since Paul Mashatile was chosen as the ANC‘s vice president during the Nasrec conference in December.
David Mabuza confirms he has resigned as deputy president of the Republic of South Africa
Mabuza acknowledged sending a letter to President Cyril Ramaphosa on Saturday announcing his resignation as he spoke to attendees at his brother’s burial in Mpumalanga.
“As you all know, there was a conference where I declined nomination. I was deputy president of the ANC. But in that conference Paul Mashatile was elected to be deputy president. Then I was left as deputy president of the country. What do you think must happen?
“The reason (for leaving) is to make way for the one elected by conference because I can see that he is starting to move, and I am making things quick on my side to give him space. I spoke to the president,” said Mabuza.
“The president will say himself that Mabuza has resigned. I promised him that I will respect him until I leave office. I hope those left behind will also respect him,” he told mourners.
Since Ramaphosa took office as president in 2018, Mabuza has served as vice president.
On the date when Ramaphosa will reveal his new Cabinet, there has been increasing speculation.
New MPs will be sworn in on Monday, according to a statement from Parliament this week. This will occur before Thursday’s State of the Nation Address.
Mashatile is anticipated to be joined as a new ANC MP by former KwaZulu-Natal premier and MEC Sihle Zikalala, as well as another former MEC from Gauteng, Parks Tau.
This will take place before the upcoming Cabinet shuffle.