Former Police Minister, Fikile Mbalula has stepped down from his position as an ANC member of parliament.
ANC Chief Whip, Jackson Mthembu’s spokesperson, Nonceba Mhlauli confirmed his departure via a statement on Friday, stating that he has tabled his resignation on 26 February, the same day in which President Cyril Ramaphosa made his maiden cabinet reshuffle.
“The office of the ANC chief whip confirms that former minister of police, comrade Fikile Mbalula tendered his resignation as an ANC member of parliament in the national assembly,” Mhlauli said.
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RESIGNATION OF ANC MP FIKILE MBALULA pic.twitter.com/NIRJw9hfHo
— ANC Parliament (@ANCParliament) March 9, 2018
— African National Congress (@MYANC) February 28, 2018
Mbalula was one of the casualties in the recent reshuffle, and was later deployed to Luthuli House where he took up the position of Head of Election in preparation for next year’s polls.
His position as Police Minister was taken by Bheki Cele, who returns to the portfolio for his second stint, having served as law enforcement chief between 2010 and 2012.
A firm favourite on Twitter, Mbalula’s resignation led to many speculating on what he will be doing with his free time since his departure from both Cabinet and Parliament.
Fikile Mbalula is now a fully member of black twitter pic.twitter.com/p8luMkZDyp
— Man's Not Barry Roux (@AdvBarryRoux) March 9, 2018
BREAKING: Fikile Mbalula has resigned as MP to become a rapper going by the name of Mbaweezy pic.twitter.com/BpZCKPJT3k
— Thakhani Ramufhufhi (@Thakhani_R) March 9, 2018
Everything on Fikile Mbalula's CV is "former". Maybe he should former a company that hires for former employees. The more formers you have , the more qualified you are. pic.twitter.com/yklcjex8Is
— Youth Talk Show SA (@YouthTalkShowSA) March 9, 2018
Fikile Mbalula the Minister of "FORMER EVERYTHING" pic.twitter.com/etKo6F9L38
— APEX (@APEXworld_) March 9, 2018