Johannesburg - ANC Gauteng secretary David Makhura
has been appointed the province’s next premier after a day and a night of wrangling about the issue in the party’s national executive committee.
The City Press reported that the party’s provincial Treasurer and MEC Ntombi Mekgwe, who was this morning pipped to become premier, has been appointed speaker in the provincial legislature.
Makhura was the favourite of the provincial ANC leadership, which has in the past opposed President Jacob Zuma’s leadership, while Mekgwe was the favourite of the pro-Zuma NEC.
ANC treasurer general Zweli Mkhize this afternoon at a press conference in Johannesburg said Makhura, who has been provincial secretary for 12 years, will not make himself available for the position at the province’s next conference because the position of provincial secretary is a full-time one.
Seven of the provincial ANC premiers are male to prevent the “problems presented by two centres of power”, Mkhize said.
He was referring to the fact that provincial secretaries and chairpersons were all male and that there was the possibility of friction between the party and the state in the provinces if the roles were separated.
As a compromise, the speakers of the provincial legislatures where there are male premiers would be female.
The premiers and speakers are:
Eastern Cape – Phumulo Masualle and Noxolo Kiviet
Free State – Ace Magashule and Sisi Mabe
Gauteng – David Makhura and Ntombi Mekgwe
Mpumalanga – David Mabuza and Thandi Shongwe
North West – Supra Mahumapelo and Susan Tsebe
Northern Cape – Sylvia Lucas and Kenny Moemang
Limpopo – Stan Mathabata and Merriam Ramadwa
KwaZulu-Natal – Senzo Mchunu and Lydia Johnson