“While his departure will be a great loss for us in our caucus, we support him in his future dreams and we want all the best for him”
DA MEMBER of the Northern Cape Provincial Legislature (MPL) and the party’s provincial spokesperson for Economic Affairs, Boitumelo Babuseng, resigned from the party on Friday.
DA provincial leader Andrew Louw said that Babuseng had only resigned as an MPL but will remain a member of the party. Babuseng, however, said that he had resigned from both the legislature and the party.
Babuseng indicated that he did not want to provide any further details regarding his resignation. “I adhere to the statement issued by the party,” he said.
In a statement, Louw said that Babuseng took the decision to resign so as to actively pursue his legal career.
“While his departure will be a great loss for us in our caucus, we support him in his future dreams and we want all the best for him. It is inevitable that those on the sidelines will delight in uninformed speculation. So I wish to make it crystal clear that I have been aware for some time that advocate Babuseng wants to return to the Bar in a full-time capacity, especially considering that he is currently the chairperson of the National Bar Council of South Africa in the Province. He asked for permission to leave earlier than originally anticipated due to these legal responsibilities. This led to a special provincial executive council meeting being convened yesterday, in which his resignation was confirmed. Advocate Babuseng’s last day at the legislature will therefore be November 30, 2019,” Louw said.
He added that Babuseng had played a vital role in the party’s fight against corruption.
“During his tenure as a public representative, advocate Babuseng’s legal skills have served us well. He has helped to expose corruption in the provincial administration with a fearless commitment to accountability and the need for oversight. He has always served the best interest of those who elected him. We will forever remain grateful for the contribution he has made in our caucus, in the party, and in his constituency. He was an excellent performer and his departure will leave a great void,” Louw said.