Maine was sworn in alongside all newly elected members of the National Assembly on May 22, just 44 days ago.ANCYL president Collen Maine has resigned as a member of parliament.
Maine told TimesLIVE that he was leaving parliament due to “private matters”, but he wouldn’t elaborate or discuss his future plans.
“I’m going nowhere,” he said.
Maine was sworn in alongside all newly elected members of the National Assembly on May 22, just 44 days ago.
Because of his seniority in the ANC, there were expectations that he would be named among President Cyril Ramaphosa’s executive, or at the very least be given a senior position in parliament. But That did not happen.
Instead, the party deployed him as an ordinary member of the public service and administration portfolio committee.
In recent weeks, ANCYL members have called for Maine and his executive in the league to step down and allow fresh blood to take over the leadership.
He has dug in his heels, saying he wants an opportunity to report back to youth league members on his executive’s achievements and failures, and also to offer advice to the league’s new leadership.
The office of the ANC chief whip confirmed the resignation of Maine and another MP, Zukisa Faku.
In a statement, ANC chief whip Pemmy Majodina extended the party’s gratitude to the duo “for their distinguished service” as public representatives.
Faku resigned under pressure after the party dropped her as a nominee to chair the basic education portfolio committee. The ANC itself was put under pressure to drop Faku by lobby group Equal Education who charged that a convicted fraudster was not eligible for such an important position.
The Daily Dispatch reported on Friday that Faku had been serving her fraud sentence while holding on to her MP seat on the other hand. She will be replaced by ANCYL national executive member Princess Faku. Maine will be replaced by Renay van Schalkwyk.