Jeff Radebe, the country's longest serving minister in democratic South Africa, has thanked the country for allowing him to serve for 25 years.
Radebe, who first became a minister in the public works portfolio under former president Nelson Mandela in 1994, was among those dropped by Ramaphosa when he announced his new cabinet. Jeff has headed numerous other portfolios like public enterprises, transport, health, justice and constitutional development, energy, as well as the presidency under former presidents all the former presidents.
His departure public service comes while he is at the centre of a controversy over a R14.4bn oil deal in South Sudan, which Radebe rushed to sign against the advice of the Central Energy Fund, according to reports in the Sunday Times.
The 65-year-old has not revealed what he plans to do with his life post politics but said that and he was now looking forward to enjoying the "routines of normal life".
"Thank you for allowing me the pleasure of diligently serving you for the past 25 years, it has been my honour and privilege to do my part for our nation"
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