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ANC MP Joyce Moloi-Moropa resigns from Parliament

Her decision comes after reports she found herself on the wrong side of ANC MPs loyal to Faith Muthambi.

FILE: Communications Portfolio Committee chair Joyce Moloi-Moropa outside Western Cape High Court. Picture: Aletta Harrison/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Senior African National Congress (ANC) Member of Parliament (MP) Joyce Moloi-Moropa has resigned her seat in Parliament.

Moloi-Moropa is the chairperson of the communications portfolio committee and is also the National Treasurer of the South African Communist Party (SACP).

Her decision comes after reports that she found herself caught in crossfire between ANC MPs loyal to Communications Minister Faith Muthambi and party policy.

The party's Moloto Mothapo has confirmed Moloi-Moropa's resignation is effective from the end of this month.

"She had requested, a while ago, to be released from Parliament so that she can dedicate her time to her role as treasurer. She did not believe that her split attention did justice to either position."

Last year, ANC members of the committee made a sudden U-turn on legal advice that the removal of three South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) board members was a violation of the Broadcasting Act.

Moloi-Moropa steered the committee through stormy waters when it had to deal with getting rid of former SABC Board Chairperson Ellen Tshabalala, who was found to have lied about her qualifications.