Newly-elected Gauteng Premier, David Makhura, will not join other provinces in announcing his provincial Cabinet — for now.
As reported by IOL News, no rescheduling updates have come from the Premier’s office. According to provincial government spokesperson, Thabo Masebe, “a new date will be communicated in due course”.
David Makhura considerations for new Cabinet
Makhura has been under a lot of pressure to present a youthful team of MECs. A bigger conundrum for the Premier is pleasing calls led by the Women’s League to include more women in the provincial leadership structure.
It is almost certain that officials like education MEC, Lesufi Panyaza, is likely to retain his position. Lebogang Maile, the outgoing economic development MEC, is also tipped to maintain his place in the provincial Cabinet.
It remains to be seen where the Premier will choose to place the incoming female MECs, seeing that members of the ANC’s alliance partners are expecting representation too.
After defeating the DA’s Solly Msimanga to get re-elected as Premier, Makhura vowed to ensure that the much sought-after 11-seat executive council of MECs would be a mixture of the young and wise.
However, it seems that the Premier needs more time to consider his options.
“The Premier is still finalising consultation on the matter within the governing party,” Masebe added.
KwaZulu-Natal gets boost in youth representation
In KwaZulu-Natal, newly-elected Premier, Sihle Zikalala unveiled his youthful league of MECs which includes:
- Sipho Hlomuka — cooperative governance and traditional affairs (Cogta)
- Kwazi Mshengu — education
- Nonhlanhla Khoza — social development
- Hlengiwe Mavimbela — sport
- Nomagugu Simelane-Zulu — health
Public Safety and Transport MEC Mxolisi Kaunda is the only official to retain his portfolio in this administration. For Zikala, the focus was to tighten the belt around rampant corruption.
“This administration will tighten the fight against corruption which robs the vulnerable and poorest of the poor of services and opportunities. We will ensure that all cases of corruption are dealt with expeditiously and further ensure transparency in the work of government, especially the procurement processes. The abuse of political or administrative powers must not, and will not, be tolerated,” he said.