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Parliament bids two stalwarts adieu

Kgalema Motlanthe and Trevor Manuel have delivered swansong speeches in Parliament.

FILE: Minister in the Presidency Trevor Manuel. Picture: Stephen Phillipson/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Parliament has taken leave of two stalwarts.

Members of Parliament (MPs) stood to applaud Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe and National Planning Minister Trevor Manuel after they delivered swansong speeches in the National Assembly on Tuesday.

Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe

The deputy president wiped tears from his eyes as he bid Parliament an emotional farewell.

Manuel was also choked with emotion as he took his leave, his mother watching from the gallery as she'd done 20 years ago when he was first sworn in as an MP.

"My mother in the house probably doesn't recognise her son from all of the nice things that have been said here today."

Neither Motlanthe nor Manuel made themselves available for re-election.

Motlanthe is set to head up the African National Congress (ANC)'s political school while Manuel's future is less clear.

Some reports suggest the country's longest serving Finance Minister is destined to play a role in the World Bank or the International Monetary Fund (IMF).