African National Congress (ANC) Chief Whip, Brian Hlongwa, resigned on Tuesday.
This comes as the party’s integrity commission was expected to present a report on Tuesday recommending that Hlongwa and former health MEC Qedani Mahlangu be expelled from the Gauteng executive.
According to the Special Investigative Unit’s report, Hlongwa was implicated in corruption of R1.2 billion when he was Health MEC from 2006 to 2009, while Mahlangu was implicated in the Life Esidimeni tragedy that led to 144 deaths in the scandal around inadequate health facilities in the province.
In a brief statement, Hlongwa said that he had asked that the ANC relieve him of his duties due to the dark cloud of corruption allegations hanging over his head.
“I, Thamsanqa Brian Hlongwa, have requested the African National Congress (ANC) to relieve me from the position and duties of the Chief Whip in the Gauteng Provincial Legislature (GPL) at a date to be determined by the ANC in Gauteng,” he said.