Baloyi resigns as MP

The ANC has played down Richard Baloyi’s resignation as a Members of Parliament.

Former Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Richard Baloi. Picture: GCIS.

CAPE TOWN - The ANC says it is not abnormal for Members of Parliament (MPs) to resign.

Axed Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Richard Baloyi resigned as a Member of Parliament a day after he was axed.

Baloyi was one of three ministers sacked by President Jacob Zuma during his cabinet reshuffle on 9 July.

The ANC's Moloto Mothapo says there've been several cases where mp's resign from duties in Parliament.

"It's not the first time that Members of Parliament resign from their posts. There have been resignations in the past, there's nothing extra ordinary about his."

Zuma reshuffled his cabinet for the fourth time since 2009. He fired Baloyi and replaced him with Lechesa Tsenoli.

Communications Minister Dina Pule also got the boot. He replaced her with former Cooperative Government and Traditional Affairs Deputy Minister Yunis Carrim.

Connie September took over the portfolio of human settlements from Tokyo Sexwale, and Transport Minister Ben Martins swopped portfolios with Energy Minister Dipuo Peters.