Finance Minister Trevor Manuel is among eleven Cabinet ministers and three deputy ministers who have tendered their resignations.
Their letters of resignation had been received by President Thabo Mbeki "which, regretfully, he has had to accept", the presidency said in a statement on Tuesday.
Among them was Deputy President Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, who had earlier in the day made her own announcement. Another resignation was that of Minister in the Presidency Essop Pahad, who has been expected to leave office ever since the ANC's decision on Saturday to recall Mbeki.
The other ministers whose resignations were announced on Tuesday were those of: defence, Mosiuoa Lekota; intelligence, Ronnie Kasrils; correctional services, Ngconde Balfour; public enterprises, Alec Erwin; science and technology, Mosibudi Mangena; public works, Thoko Didiza; provincial and local government, Sydney Mufamadi; and public service and administration, Geraldine Fraser-Moleketi.
The deputy ministers who resigned are those of: foreign affairs, Aziz Pahad; finance, Jabu Moleketi and correctional services, Loretta Jacobus.
"The resignations will be effective from the day that the president's resignation takes effect[ Thursday]," the presidency said.
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