5 ANC premiers set to return

2014-05-20 08:28

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Only two out of the eight provinces where the ANC is in charge are set to have women premiers, while five of the premiers are set to continue their terms.

The ANC's national executive committee met until the early morning hours to thrash out the names of the premiers it would recommend for appointment to President Jacob Zuma.

The biggest surprise was the choice of ANC Gauteng treasurer Ntombi Mekgwe for Gauteng premier. Two sources with information from the meeting told City Press this morning that she was confirmed as the ANC's premier candidate after lengthy discussions.

Although she was on the provincial executive committee's shortlist of three, it is an open secret that the Gauteng ANC leadership preferred its secretary, David Makhura, for the position.

Sylvia Lucas, the only other woman who will be in charge of an ANC-governed province, is set to return as Northern Cape premier.

The province wanted its chairperson, John Block, to be premier, but Block currently faces corruption and fraud charges and party sources said he could not become premier before answering to these.

ANC North West chairperson Supra Mahumapelo is set to succeed Thandi Modise as premier in that province, while Eastern Cape ANC chairperson Phumulo Masualle will succeed Noxolo Kiviet as Eastern Cape premier.

Stan Mathabatha (Limpopo), David Mabuza (Mpumalanga), Ace Magashule (Free State) and Senzo Mchunu (KwaZulu-Natal) are set to continue in their positions as premiers.

ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe last night told reporters the ANC would strive to get the gender balance right in the provinces by appointing female speakers in the legislatures of provinces with male premiers.

The ANC has a policy of 50/50 gender representation, but the policy leaves space for this to be applied across or within provincial legislatures.

The ANC is set to give a press conference this afternoon to officially announce the premier choices.

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