A close call at the polls gave the African National Congress (ANC) enough votes to re-establish control of South Africa’s most sought-after province. On Wednesday, David Makhura was re-elected as the Gauteng Premier.
Provincial legislatures, across the country, hosted the first sitting of the sixth legislature, where sworn members were allowed the opportunity to elect a Speaker and vote for a Premier.
David Makhura beats Msimanga for Gauteng Premier
The same procession took place in the national legislature, where Thando Modise was unanimously elected as the Speaker of the House.
In Gauteng, the ANC managed to boot the DA’s Solly Msimanga out of the position he occupied with a narrow 38 votes. During the secret ballot process, it was noted that two votes were spoilt and one other was deemed as invalid.
David Makhura, in reaction to his win, stated that he is committed to serving the needs of the people of Gauteng.
Thank you to the citizens of our country & the people of Gauteng in particular for taking part in the sixth national & provincial elections.
I am humbled by my re-election as the 6th Premier of our beautiful province, & I re-commit myself to continue serving Gauteng faithfully. pic.twitter.com/IdbGzxAPcU
— David Makhura (@David_Makhura) May 22, 2019
The province’s new Premier will be sworn in at the Emoyeni Conference Centre, in Johannesburg, on Wednesday.
South Africa’s elected Premiers
These are the elected Premiers of the other eight provinces:
- Stan Mathabatha
- Relifwe Mtsweni
- Zamani Saul
- Sefora Ntombela
- Job Mokgoro
- Alan WInde
- Oscar Mabuyane
- Sihle Zikalala