Former deputy finance minister Mcebisi Jonas has resigned as a member of parliament. File picture: Simone Kley

Johannesburg - Former deputy finance minister Mcebisi Jonas has resigned as a member of parliament, a week after President Jacob Zuma sacked him from the cabinet, the African National Congress said on Thursday.

"Comrade Jonas has served both as Deputy Minister and MP with absolute distinction and dedication," the office of the ANC Chief Whip said in a statement. 

"On behalf of the ANC in Parliament we thank comrade Jonas for his selfless service to the movement as its public representative.

"We are confident that he will continue serving the country and our movement in other capacities in future. We wish him well."

Jonas and his boss, finance minister Pravin Gordhan were fired when Zuma reshuffled his Cabinet on Thursday night. The reshuffle left the duo, and other ministers jobless.

Jonas' resignation, effective March 31, follows that of axed transport minister Dipuo Peters on Wednesday. Peters cited ill-health as a reason for stepping down. Joe Maswanganyi, a former member of Parliament’s portfolio committee on transport, replaced Peters. 

Reuters and ANA