Deputy President David Mabuza resigned from his role as a member of the National Assembly on Tuesday evening.
Mabuza’s resignation spells an imminent departure from South African President Cyril Ramaphosa’s cabinet, Daily Maverick reported.
Mabuza announced early in February that he was resigning when speaking at his brother’s funeral in Mpumalanga.
President Cyril Ramaphosa’s spokesperson Vincent Magwenya later cleared the air and explained Mabuza would only leave his role once a replacement is in place.
Mabuza explained during his resignation that he was making way for Paul Mashatile.
However, a Cabinet reshuffle has been delayed with reports suggesting Ramaphosa’s close allies are blocking the appointment of Mashatile. However, ANC secretary-general Fikile Mbalula rubbished the reports and claimed nothing in particular was blocking the reshuffle.
On Tuesday, Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana was sworn in as an MP without too much fuss.
The move is set to cause a domino effect with Ramaphosa set to appoint Head of Infrastructure at the Presidency Kgosientsho Ramokgopa as minister of electricity.
Compiled by Dylan Bettencourt
Pictured above: David Mabuza
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