Johannesburg - Cosatu in Gauteng on Wednesday welcomed
the ANC's decision to appoint David Makhura as the province's premier.
"We believe that comrade David Makhura will lead the
province to face the current difficulties facing the people of Gauteng,"
the Cosatu's provincial office bearers said in a statement.
"We also know that such a difficult task does not
rest with him as an individual, but it will require the collective efforts of
all the motive forces in the revolution including the people of Gauteng as a
Makhura, who is the ANC's Gauteng secretary, replaces
Nomvula Mokonyane as premier.
Makhura and co-operative governance MEC Ntombi Mekgwe
reportedly vied for the premier's job. In the end Makhura was appointed and
Mekgwe was appointed provincial speaker.
The Umkhonto we Sizwe Military Veterans' Association in
Gauteng welcomed Makhura's appointment.
"We commit to work closely with him to unite and
strengthen the ANC, the tripartite alliance, the leagues and the mass
democratic movement to enhance discipline, collective and accountable
leadership that will singularly advance the goals of the national democratic
revolution," chairperson Duma Mlabo said in a statement.