Former deputy finance minister and ANC MP Mcebisi Jonas has resigned as a member of Parliament, effective March 31 2017. Jonas served as deputy minister of finance and a member of Parliament since 2014.
This was confirmed on Thursday in a statement by the Office of the ANC Chief Whip.
Exactly a week ago, President Jacob Zuma fired then-finance minister Pravin Gordhan and deputy minister Mcebisi Jonas after an emergency meeting with the ANC’s top six in Pretoria. Malusi Gigaba and Sfiso Buthelezi replaced them, respectively.
Thursday’s ANC Chief Whip statement said: “Comrade Jonas has served both as Deputy Minister and MP with absolute distinction and dedication. He has also served the movement and the South African people in various capacities over the years. On behalf of the ANC in Parliament we thank comrade Jonas for his selfless service to the movement as its public representative.
“We are confident that he will continue serving the country and our movement in other capacities in future. We wish him well.”
In the AHI Indaba in Centurion on Wednesday, Jonas said “we all expected to be fired”. Watch ‘Five questions with Jonas’ here:
He also spoke about Treasury’s vulnerability in another video clip. Watch here.
Later on Thursday, Parliament also confirmed the resignation of former energy minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson as an MP, effective March 31. She is the third MP to resign this week. Former transport minister Dipuo Peters resigned on Wednesday.
So why was Tina Joemat-Pettersson fired? Look at the effect on the nrenewable industry and connect the dots . . . https://t.co/JdQmuLJPd3
— Antoinette Slab (@AntoinetteSlabb) April 6, 2017
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The response on Twitter to Jonas’s resignation was mixed.
Jonas – who has now resigned as ANC MP – was the guy who – per statecapture report – said he'd refused a R600 million bribe from the Guptas.
— James Styan (@jamesstyan) April 6, 2017
Its so sad to hear about the resignation of Mcebisi Jonas. That man had integrity. Salute!!
— CalvinSPHAE (@KeviagS) April 6, 2017
And Mcebisi Jonas has resigned as an ANC MP. One less vote against Zuma in the no confidence motion. BUT…can't blame him. @Radio702
— Eusebius McKaiser (@Eusebius) April 6, 2017
Everyone railing against Mr Jonas for resigning ahead of no-confidence vote. Knowing who's really in charge, what would YOU do in his shoes?
— Mark D. Young (@markdyoungsa) April 6, 2017
By resigning, Dipuo Peters and Mcebisi Jonas have opened new spaces for more Gupta stooges in Parliament.
— Balemi (@Leshitaphiri) April 6, 2017
So that's what they mean by voting with their conscience? Jonas resigns as MP. Voting with his feet? #CabinetReshuffle.
— Angelo Coppola (@AngeloCoppolaSA) April 6, 2017
Mara if Mcebisi Jonas and others resign, won't they just be replaced with Zuma figureheads? This #voteofnoconfidence won't pass
— Lulu The Girl (@QueenThaBizzare) April 6, 2017
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