Northern Cape gets acting premier

2013-05-01 09:28

Sylvia Lucas has been sworn in as the Northern Cape’s acting premier.

This was after the ANC tried to get her inaugurated as the new premier after Hazel Jenkins collapsed while delivering the state of the province address last year, after suffering a brain aneurism.

According to the SABC, the Northern Cape legislature was supposed to carry two motions yesterday.

The first was to remove Jenkins as the premier and the other to elect Lucas.

But the ANC failed to get a two-thirds majority to pass the motion.

Boeboe van Wyk of the legislature told the national broadcaster: “We never expected the opposition to be so inconsiderate as to vote against a decision to relieve somebody who can’t actually continue with her duties because of ill health.”

The ANC and opposition parties reportedly met for most of the day to try resolve the impasse.

Pakes Dikgetsi of the Congress of the People said: “We are committed to finding resolution, but it must be done properly ... The rules are very clear: Convene a proper rules committee meeting.”

Zamani Saul, of the ANC, said the parties agreed on a way forward and that a rules committee would sit.

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