SA Deputy President David Mabuza resigned as a member of the National Assembly on Tuesday. He has also officially ends his term as Deputy President of the country.
Mabuza tendered his resignation to the National Assembly speaker, Nosiviwe Noluthando Mapisa-Nqakula.
The decision is understood to have also been made in consultation with President Cyril Ramaphosa. Ramaphosa is also expected to reshuffle his cabinet as soon as Thursday.
The former Mpumalanga Premier also first indicated in February that he was ready to leave his office. This was also to make way for the newly elected ANC deputy president, Paul Mashatile.
President Cyril Ramaphosa also confirmed Mabuza’s resignation on Wednesday.
“The Presidency wishes to advise that Deputy President David Mabuza has resigned as a Member of Parliament. Ending his term as Deputy President of the country.
“This follows his request to President Cyril Ramaphosa to step down from the position of Deputy President, which the President announced in his reply to the State of the Nation Address on 16 February 2023.”
RAMAPHOSA EXTENDS GRATITUDE TO DAVID MABUZA
“On behalf of the Government and people of South Africa, President Ramaphosa has extended gratitude and appreciation to Deputy President Mabuza for his exceptional service to the country over the last five years.
“The Deputy President has undertaken the responsibilities of his office with dedication. I am grateful for the support he has provided to me throughout his term. For the leadership he has provided to the work of Government,” President Ramaphosa said.
“His contribution has been valued by the many constituencies with which he has engaged. cluding Traditional Leaders, Military Veterans, civil society formations and international bodies. As Leader of Government Business, he has ably managed the relationship between the Executive and Parliament, working to ensure that the transformative legislative programme of this Administration is advanced,” he said.