Derek Hanekom joins several ex-ministers by resigning as an MP

Derek Hanekom joins several ex-ministers by resigning as an MP

- Former minister Derek Hanekom has announced his resignation from Parliament

- He did not issue a public comment concerning the decision

- However, Cyril Ramaphosa had previously hinted that Hanekom may be deployed to another post

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Derek Hanekom has joined a string of former ministers by announcing his resignation as a Member of Parliament.

Hanekom served in the Cabinet under all of South Africa's democratically-elected presidents, but did not make the cut for Cyril Ramaphosa's new Cabinet.

He previously held the offices of minister of land reform, science and technology and tourism.

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His resignation comes after several other former ministers did the same.

These include Susan Shabanga, NomaIndia Mfeketo, Jeff Radebe and Bathabile Dlamin, among others.

Hanekom did not issue a public comment regarding his resignation, according to News24.

During his time in office, Hanekom was one of the few senior government officials who spoke out against state capture. At one point, he went so far as to table a motion of no confidence in then-president Jacob Zuma. 

He was also a vocal supporter of Cyril Ramaphosa during his campaign for the ANC leadership position. As a result, the fact that Hanekom did not return to Ramaphosa's Cabinet was widely seen as a surprise. 

However, Times Live has reported that Ramaphosa hinted that Hanekom may deployed in other role. A recent tweet by Hanekom suggests that this may still be the case.

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In the Tweet, Hanekom says he is looking forward to starting his "next chapter", Briefly.co.za has gathered.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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