Axed KZN economic development MEC resigns from Parliament

2016-06-06 20:29
Mike Mabuyakhulu

Mike Mabuyakhulu (City Press)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Durban – Former KwaZulu-Natal Economic Development MEC Mike Mabuyakhulu has confirmed that he has resigned as a member of Parliament.

In an interview with News24 on Monday night, Mabuyakhulu said it was time to hand over the baton to someone who will bring fresh ideas.

His resignation comes hours after the ANC in the province announced that it had decided to axe four of its MECs and reshuffle its Cabinet. Mabuyakhulu was one of those who was axed.

"Yes, I have resigned. I have been serving [in Parliament] since 1994 and... I have been serving as MEC for 17 years. The time has come now to leave because I have had a rare opportunity to serve and I am handing over the baton, the movement has a lot of talent."

Mabuyakhulu said he would use the time he now had to reflect.

"I am not sure what I am going to do yet. I am going to give myself time to reflect."

'I could have done better'

When asked what reasons the ANC could have had to recall him, he said he respected the party's decision.

"I respect the ANC's views, I don’t want to be drawn to the ANC's views. I have chosen to be objective. I think that I am grateful to have served in the public office for so long. I think we need to make sure that we bring in leaders with fresh ideas, despite of how well or how poorly the previous leader has performed."

Mabuyakhulu, who sounded upbeat, said it was time to let those with better ideas improve on the work already done.

"Maybe it is time for new ideas and for someone to bring new ideas. Not because I have failed, yes, I accept I could have done better in some areas but this is how it is."

Mabuyakhulu, along with Sport, Arts and Culture MEC Ntombikayise Sabhidla-Saphetha, education's Peggy Nkonyeni and agriculture and rural development's Cyril Xaba were recalled.

They will be replaced by Bongi Sithole-Moloi (sport, arts and culture), Sihle Zikalala (economic development) and Mthandeni Dlungwana (education). Xaba will be replaced by Themba Mthembu.

Read more on:    anc  |  mike mabuyakhulu  |  politics

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

Financial advisors – Do you need one and should you get one?

The good, the bad, and everything else you need to know when considering hiring a financial advisor.


Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.