Dipuo Peters served with 'absolute distinction' - Mthembu

2017-04-05 16:50
Dipuo Peters (File, Daily Sun)

Dipuo Peters (File, Daily Sun)

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Cape Town – After more than 20 years in public service, former transport minister Dipuo Peters has quit as an MP, with the ANC’s well-wishes.

The ANC and Parliament on Wednesday confirmed Peters’ resignation as a member of the National Assembly.

Joe Maswanganyi was announced as her replacement as transport minister during President Jacob Zuma’s Cabinet reshuffle on Thursday night. He fired five ministers, including finance minister Pravin Gordhan.

ANC chief whip Jackson Mthembu on Wednesday wished Peters well in her future endeavours.

“Comrade Peters has served the movement and the people of South Africa in various capacities over the years with absolute distinction. On behalf of the ANC in Parliament we thank comrade Peters for her selfless service and dedication to the movement as its public representative,” he said.

Peters, from the Northern Cape, served as an MP between 1994 and 1997. She was on the home affairs, public works, social services, and health committees.

The 56-year-old was then moved to the Northern Cape provincial legislature until 1999. She was provincial health MEC until 2004.

Peters served as Northern Cape premier before she was appointed energy minister in 2009.

On March 31, the transport department lauded Peters for the work done in her tenure.

“Minister Peters will continue with her passion, vibrancy and activism in serving the people of South Africa and ensure that in her lifetime the people of South Africa indeed attain the liberation that she so dedicated her life fighting tirelessly to achieve,” the department said in a statement following the reshuffle.  

Peters’s resignation was effective from March 31, Parliament said.

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