According to the African National Congress, it’s chief whip said that Derek Hanekom has become the latest ANC member of Parliament to resign on Tuesday.

He becomes the 8th MP to resign.

The resignation of Hanekom, former tourism minister, followed that of former ministers Bathabile Dlamini, Jeff Radebe, Nomaindia Mfeketo, Susan Shabangu, Thokozile Xasa, Dipuo Letsatsi-Duba and Siyabonga Cwele.

Earlier today, the office confirmed the resignation of Dlamini as a member of Parliament.

The former ministers are thought to have resigned from Parliament to retain their higher pensions, instead of the lower pensions they would receive as ordinary MPs.

Some of their replacements have already been sworn in.

One of these newcomers is Emily Tlhape, who was sworn in as a member of Parliament on Monday.

Following Hanekom’s departure, only one former Cabinet minister, Mildred Oliphant, remains an ANC member of Parliament.