SA reacts as Malusi Gigaba and Baleka Mbete bow out of parliament
Social media went into a frenzy after former National Assembly speaker Baleka Mbete and controversial former minister Malusi Gigaba declined parliamentary seats.
The two turned down their seats just hours after the ANC held its first caucus meeting on Tuesday.
Here are some reactions:
Baleka Mbete & Malusi Gigaba have declined their seats to serve as ANC MPs— Tumi Sole (@tumisole) May 21, 2019
Malusi Gigaba will have a lot of time on his hands now.— Graeme Raubenheimer (@GraemeRauby) May 21, 2019
Nothing to celebrate about the withdrawal of Malusi Gigaba and Baleka Mbete as MPs. Their egos would not let them accept and imagine themselves as back benchers. Now they will be recycled intol the SOEs or ambassadoral posts.— LesetjaMO (@MoLesetja) May 21, 2019
Former National Assembly speaker Baleka Mbete and former Home Affairs minister Malusi Gigaba have resigned as Members of Parliament!! This is interesting. We wait to see in which country they will be deployed as Ambassadors ??????— Cam (@CamModisane) May 21, 2019
So comrade #BalekaMbete realised that she won't get any higher position after the Speaker was given to Mme Thandi Modise cause she doesn't want to lose the packs of a retired Speaker.... phew.. People are only thinking about their stomachs #6thParliament— Chomisto ~ The friendly one (@chomisto) May 21, 2019