Report from the state’s parliament has it that former transport minister Dipuo Peters has tendered her resignation as a member. The former transport minister who was among the eleven ministers fired in the latest cabinet reshuffle released on March 30, 2017, tendered her resignation, declaring her withdrawal from the house.
The resignation was effective from 31 March, Parliament said in a statement to the media. Prior to her firing and resignation from the house, Dipuo served in the transport department from 10 July 2013.
The former minister also worked as former Minister of Energy from 2009-2013 having served as a successor to Manne Dipico as the second Premier of the Northern Cape Province from 22 April 2004 to 10 May 2009.
She equally served the ruling African National Congress (ANC) as one of the party’s strong members, holding several leadership positions within the party. Having begun her political activism from the Young Christian Students, Dipuo Peters maintained her loyalty to the ruling ANC through which she served the country as a minister.
She joined the ANC Youth League (ANCYL) as the secretary for Women’s Affairs in 1990, having been Woman Organizer of the National Executive Council (NEC) of the South African Youth Congress (SAYCO) from 1987 to 1990.
She was ANC Chief Whip in the Northern Cape Provincial Legislature (1997–1999); ANC’s Treasurer for the Northern Cape Province (1997–2003); ANC Provincial Deputy Chairperson (May – December 2003); Member of ANC National Executive Committee; and ANC Provincial Chairperson (December 2003 – December 2007).
However, Dipuo Peters was first deployed to Parliament as an MP in 1994 until 1997 when she served in the Northern Cape legislature. She became premier of her home province in 2004, before being appointed Energy Minister in 2009.
She maintained her strong support for Zuma’s decision on the sweeping cabinet reshuffle, saying she’s been waiting for this opportunity to leave due to the uncertainty around her job over the last two years and that she is not disappointed by Zuma’s final decision.
“I’ve been living in a situation of uncertainty because every now and then it would be said: ‘It’s a reshuffle, it’s a reshuffle.’ “But I did my work diligently. I’m leaving government without having embarrassed God, myself, my family, my community or the African National Congress.”
Dipuo was replaced by Joe Maswanganyi, a former member of Parliament’s portfolio committee on transport. The former transport boss went on to say that the controversial reshuffle created an opportunity for her to attend to her health and other personal matters.