Cape Town - President
Jacob Zuma will face his first post-election hurdle when he meets
with the ANC executive to decide on who to appoint as premier in the eight
provinces the party governs.
the Sunday Independent, the biggest challenge lies in Gauteng. The newspaper reports that
Zuma might stick with Nomvula Mokonyane, so as to show the faction led by
chairperson Paul Mashatile that he will not yield to their demands and choose
from their list of three candidates.
province’s preferred candidates are the party’s Gauteng secretary David
Makhura, Education MEC Barbara Creecy and Housing MEC Ntombi Mekgwe.
reported that some members of the provincial executive committee have resigned
themselves to Mokonyane returning to the position – sparking the continuation
of the “two centres of power” situation in the province – where the ANC
chairperson is not the premier.
analyst Susan Booysen was quoted as saying the situation was a tricky one but
said Gauteng was not in Zuma’s good books, but Mokonyane is in his good books.
“Some people have worked hard for the president and they have to be rewarded,”
she was quoted as saying.
leaders are however also expected to be questioned over the party’s poor
performance at the polls. The ANC fared dismally in Gauteng where it dropped by
10 percentage points to secure only 53.5% of the votes.