CAPE TOWN – Bathabile Dlamini is the latest former minister to resign from Parliament.
Dlamini, the incumbent ANC Women’s League president, has served as minister of Social Development and Women in the Presidency.
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On Tuesday former minister Jeff Radebe threw in the towel, along with Siyabonga Cwele.
No reasons were given for their resignations, but all three were not given ministerial posts in President Cyril Ramaphosa’s new cabinet.
In her resignation letter, Dlamini expressed frustrations with the type of ANC leadership and also the grant payment issue when she was Social Development minister.
“The first lesson is that the African National Congress is not ready to be led by women,” Dlamini.
“What is also important to me here, is that I never arrived with CPS to the department. I found them there already doing the work with the Department, but when people speak one hears nuisances that I says I had something to do with CPS. Those that made profit through their wives are known but they are well respected by the organization. Nothing has been said to them. I have been made a scapegoat and an easy target.”
“They knew that the post office was not going to succeed and people will automatically go to banks. Actually the first time I communicated with Minister Pravin Gordan; he suggested that we should call everyone to go and register with banks and it became clear to me that he worked with the banks.”
“I hold not grudge for being reshuffled and not being appointed. What disturbed me gravely is that the legend that has been used is that there is a lot of noise around me. I strongly believe that this was engineered somewhere because I was very naïve about talking about grant payments at a local level.