Cape Town – Minister in the Presidency responsible for women, youth, and persons with disabilities, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, has informed the ANC through a letter that she will retire from parliament during the next term.
The letter, dated January 12, was addressed to ANC electoral committee head Kgalema Motlanthe, stating that there is no need for an interview as she will not be available for the public representative list process ahead of the upcoming elections.
“It will not be necessary to schedule the interview for the 2024 national list because I have taken a decision to retire from being a member of the South African parliament,” Dlamini-Zuma wrote.
After 30 years of public service, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, the ANC veteran, has decided to retire from official party duties.
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— TK_Nala 📚 (@NalaThokozane) January 13, 2024
Dlamini-Zuma, nominated by ANC branches to return to parliament, declined the nomination.
The 74-year-old, one of the longest-serving ANC MPs, expressed gratitude for the opportunity to serve but did not provide specific reasons for her retirement.
This announcement comes amid speculation that the ANC was considering disciplinary action against her for defying the party line in parliament, particularly related to her vote on the impeachment process for President Cyril Ramaphosa and other instances of defiance, Times Live reported.
If the ANC retains power after the elections, Dlamini-Zuma will cease to be a member of the cabinet in the new administration, as ministers are appointed from MPs.
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Compiled by Betha Madhomu