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Van Schalkwyk resigns as MP

Marthinus van Schalkwyk was left out of President Zuma's executive after serving two terms as minister.

FILE IMAGE: Marthinus van Schalkwyk (centre) was left out of President Zuma's executive after serving two terms as minister.

CAPE TOWN - Former Tourism Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk has resigned as a Member of Parliament after losing out on a Cabinet position.

Van Schalkwyk's been left out of President Jacob Zuma's executive after serving two terms in government.

He's been replaced by Derek Hanekom who had previously served as Minister of Science and Technology.

ANC Parliamentary spokesperson Moloto Mothapo says, "We have heard that former minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk has resigned, but the chief whip hasn't received any confirmation in writing. Having said that, we wish all the comrades who have resigned well."

Thirty five ministers and 37 deputy ministers were sworn in at the presidential guesthouse in Pretoria on Monday afternoon in front of dignitaries which included senior ANC officials and members of the Presidency.

The event was presided over by Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng and President Jacob Zuma.

Zuma announced his new Cabinet in Pretoria on Sunday evening, just a day after his inauguration at the Union Buildings.