NEW PREMIER FOR GAUTENG
By: Nomvula Ndlovu
The African National Congress (ANC) Gauteng Secretary David Makhura, was officially appointed the premier of the City of Gold, Gauteng on Tuesday afternoon.
Makhura’s position was confirmed by the ANC Deputy Secretary-General, Jessie Duarte at a media briefing in Johannesburg. He will replace former premier Nomvula Mokonyane.
Mokonyane, who is seen as being close to President Jacob Zuma, was reportedly favoured by him to return to the post.
The selection of the premier was closely watched, particularly because the leadership of the ANC in Gauteng under Makhura and ANC chairman Paul Mashatile had opposed President Jacob Zuma for re-election in the party’s Mangaung conference in 2012.
ANC members see Makhura’s victory as a return to power in the province for the party. Makhura had topped the list of candidates preferred by rank and file members of the ANC in Gauteng.
Ward Six councillor Lucky Mngwengwe said, “Makhura is hard working and understands the ANC’s vision for Gauteng. Being the Premier of a province that you know thoroughly will not be a problem, I applaud him for his victory.”
Meanwhile, other new premiers include Phumulo Masualle in the Eastern Cape and Supra Mahumapelo in the North West.
Those who have retained their posts are Ace Magashule in the Free Sate, David Mabuza in Mpumalanga, Senzo Mchunu in KwaZulu-Natal, Stan Mathabatha in Limpopo and Sylvia Lucas in the Northern Cape.
Former Eastern Cape Premier Noxolo Kiviet will become the speaker of the provincial legislature.
Duarte said the ANC had taken the issue of stability in the provinces into consideration, particularly the fact that the next local government elections are only 18 months away.
“The ANC won the election by a reduced margin of 62% from 66% in 2009 it is looking to reclaim lost ground,” she said.