Normaindia Mfeketo resigns from Parliament following cabinet snub

By Doug Mattushek - 06 June 2019Views : 165

The former human settlements minister has resigned as a member of parliament following a cabinet reshuffle snub...

Mfeketo is one of the 14 former ministers that President Ramaphosa decided to relieve of their ministerial duties when he appointed his new cabinet last week. However she was sworn in as an MP last month by Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng and would have been a backbencher had she stayed on in parliament.

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Mfeketo, who turned 67 last Sunday, tendered her resignation with immediate effect on May 31 and thanked the national party for the opportunity to serve as a public representative. - the letter was addressed to National Assembly Speaker Thandi Modise.

The former minister is looking forward to focusing on community work, local NGOs, on top of her work an ANC national executive committee member.

"There is nothing fishy about this. If you do not resign‚ you lose your ministerial pension‚ it goes down really badly and if you are of age like me‚ you may as well leave parliament and create space for younger people‚" she said.

She added that she is looking forward to claiming her life back and enjoy it as an ordinary person. Mfeketo, is a former Cape Town mayor, deputy speaker of the National Assembly for five years between May 2009 and May 2014.

In 2014, then president Jacob Zuma appointed her as an deputy minister of international relations and cooperation in 2014. Ramaphosa, appointed her the minister of human settlements in February 2018, which she held until last week when the president announced a new executive.