Mbalula re­signs as mem­ber of par­lia­ment

Weekend Post (South Africa) - - NEWS -

FOR­MER po­lice min­is­ter Fik­ile Mbalula has re­signed as a mem­ber of par­lia­ment‚ the ANC said yes­ter­day.

Jack­son Mthembu‚ the ANC’s chief whip in par­lia­ment‚ said the res­ig­na­tion was ef­fec­tive from Fe­bru­ary 26.

Mbalula was re­cently ousted from the cab­i­net of Pres­i­dent Cyril Ramaphosa. He has since taken up a post as head of the ANC’s elec­tion cam­paign.

Mbalula was a fierce sup­porter of for­mer pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma and openly backed Nkosazana DlaminiZuma to take over from Zuma as ANC pres­i­dent in De­cem­ber.

A re­cent cab­i­net reshuf­fle saw Mbalula be­ing re­moved from his po­si­tion as po­lice min­is­ter. He had oc­cu­pied that po­si­tion for less than a year‚ but man­aged to court a fair amount of con­tro­versy with his tough-talk­ing man­ner and out­spo­ken­ness on so­cial me­dia.

Mbalula drew par­tic­u­lar crit­i­cism for his anti-crime cam­paign on Twit­ter.

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