The veteran said what he witnessed made him realise that his party was taking a wrong direction, and he decided to quit the government.
Radebe spoke to Independent Media earlier this week at his home in Maqongqo village outside Pietermaritzburg. He had been a mayor, and MEC for social development and for agriculture.
He said he declined to return to the provincial legislature despite being in the top 20 of the ANC provincial legislature list.
“When I returned from Nasrec, I said I am resigning, because what I saw there I could not stomach; but the leadership, including Nxamalala (former president Jacob Zuma) pleaded with me not to leave until after the elections,” he said.