If South Africans needed any explanation for the current exodus of former ministers from parliament, former Minister of Social Development Bathabile Dlamini has now provided the answer.
During an interview with the SABC on Tuesday night, 11 June 2019, Dlamini said the nine former ministers who have left the House after being denied cabinet posts were victims of a purge by the current South African leadership for supporting Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma in a tough fight for the African National Congress’ (ANC) presidency in December 2017.
Dlamini, speaking in Durban after resigning from parliament on Tuesday, 11 June 2019, told the state-owned SABC that, in her view, there was a campaign to discredit the former African Union Commission (AU) chairperson’s supporters by denying them posts in the inner circle of government.
She warned that this was being done “quietly”, and it was obvious that instructions came from a high level.
“Yes, they are. But it’s not like in the open. It’s very subtle,” the SABC quoted her as saying, without naming which high level people the former minister was referring to.
Dlamini-Zuma, ex-wife to former president Jacob Zuma, is currently Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs in President Cyril Ramaphosa’s cabinet, the man she tried to surpass to the ANC leadership as party presidency with the open support of her former husband.