#Zupta whistleblower Mcebisi Jonas throws in the towel, in a massive blow for anti-graft campaigners

Mcebisi Jonas, the man who lifted the lid on the Gupta family involvement in President Jacob Zuma’s political decisions has resigned from Parliament. His decision is not surprising. He blew the whistle on the Gupta family making decisions on President Jacob Zuma’s behalf, revealing he was offered golden handcuffs amounting to many millions of rands in exchange for working according to #Zupta instructions as a finance minister. But his allegations came to nothing. A Public Prosecutor’s State Capture dossier is gathering dust, while President Jacob Zuma and his elite group continue to build power and ransack state coffers. Others in the ANC, meanwhile, are impotent to act against Zuma and his friends. Jonas, like former finance minister Pravin Gordhan, was seen as among the few taking a stand against the rot that has spread across government. As ANC Chief Whip Jackson Mthembu noted on the news that Jonas has resigned from Parliament after being sacked as deputy finance minister: the only crime Jonas has committed was being incorruptible. The departure of this brave man is a massive blow for anti-graft campaigners. – Jackie Cameron

By Thulani Gqirana, News24

Cape Town – Former deputy finance minister Mcebisi Jonas has resigned from Parliament.

ANC chief whip media liaison Nonceba Mhlauli said: “The Office of the ANC Chief Whip confirms the resignation of former Deputy Finance Minister and ANC MP Cde Mcebisi Jonas as a member of parliament effective 31 March 2017.”

Pravin Gordhan, former South African finance minister, right, speaks to Mcebisi Jonas, former South African deputy finance minister, during a news conference in Pretoria, South Africa, on Friday, March 31, 2017. Photographer: Waldo Swiegers/Bloomberg

“Comrade Jonas has served both as Deputy Minister and MP with absolute distinction and dedication. He has also served the movement and the South African people in various capacities over the years. On behalf of the ANC in Parliament we thank comrade Jonas for his selfless service to the movement as its public representative.

“We are confident that he will continue serving the country and our movement in other capacities in future. We wish him well.”

His move follows on the heels of former transport minister Dipuo Peters. Parliament confirmed her resignation as an ANC MP on Wednesday.

President Jacob Zuma sacked Peters, Jonas and finance minister Pravin Gordhan during his Cabinet reshuffle on Thursday night last week. Zuma appointed 10 new ministers and 10 new deputy ministers.

ANC Chief Whip Jackson Mthembu said the only crime Gordhan and Jonas had committed was being incorruptible.

They were set to return to Parliament as ordinary MPs.

Mhlauli told News24 on Wednesday that the resignation of Peters was effective as of March 31.

Mthembu 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.

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