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Max Sisulu resigns from Parliament

The ANC has dismissed speculation that Sisulu quit over his handling of the Nkandla scandal.

Max Sisulu. Picture: Sapa.

CAPE TOWN - Former National Assembly Speaker Max Sisulu has become the second ANC member to resign from Parliament this week.

The ANC has dismissed speculation that Sisulu quit after he was summoned to a meeting at Luthuli House over his handling of the Nkandla scandal in Parliament.

Sisulu's exit follows the resignation of former Tourism Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk earlier this week after he was overlooked for a Cabinet position.

Prior to the elections, Sisulu established an ad-hoc committee to consider Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's report on the Nkandla upgrades and President Jacob Zuma's response to it.

Spokesman in the office of the ANC chief whip Moloto Mothapo says Sisulu didn't explain why he was leaving.

"He remains one of the most experienced stalwarts in our movement."

Madonsela's report, which was released in March, said the R246 million upgrades to Zuma's private KwaZulu-Natal home unduly benefitted him and his family.

She said ministers involved in the project failed to manage service providers and prevent costs from rocketing.

Madonsela recommended that Zuma pay back a percentage of the costs involved.

But the president publicly stated that he never asked for the upgrades and would not pay back any funds.