On Tuesday the minister of Tourism, Derek Hanekom became the eighth member of Parliament to resign, hot on the heels of former Minister of Women in the Presidency, Bathabile Dlamini.
Other ministers who have tendered their resignations recently are Jeff Radebe, Nomaindia Mfeketo, Susan Shabangu, Thokozile Xasa, Dipuo Letsatsi-Duba and Siyabonga Cwele.
The common thread in their resignations is that none of them made it onto President Cyril Ramaphosa’s list of executives.
As a veteran ANC MP, Hanekom served as the minister of land reform, science and technology and tourism under Nelson Mandela, Thabo Mbeki, Jacob Zuma and Cyril Ramaphosa’s time in office.
Business Day journalist Carol Paton told Radio 702 during an interview that all of these ministers who are no longer in Parliament receive a third of their annual salary in a form of gratuity over five years. When you consider they are earning around R2,4-million annually, a third of that is a fairly good salary.
Hanekom has said he will however not qualify for a ministerial pension as he has been quested to make himself available for a position in the presidency.