Mokonyane eyes 2nd term

2013-09-01 14:19


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Johannesburg - Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane has emerged as a contender for re-election to the position after next year’s general elections.

According to the Sunday Independent, Mokonyane, who is also an ANC national executive committee (NEC) member, appears on the list of a faction in the province opposing the ANC provincial leadership led by chairperson Paul Mashatile.

She appears on top of the list with another NEC member, Obed Bapela, who is also being lobbied to possibly become a candidate for the premiership.

Bapela is being lobbied to head the provincial government after the elections, but Mokonyane’s reappearance on top of the list has added another dimension to what is turning out to be a fierce race for the control of the provincial government.

The list contrasts with that of another faction that is pushing for provincial secretary David Makhura to take over as premier after next year’s elections.

Mashatile, the arts and culture minister, led the province’s opposition to President Jacob Zuma’s re-elections as ANC president last year. His faction in the province does not believe he will be appointed as premier by Zuma and the NEC even if he receives the most votes later this year.

They are instead pushing for Makhura to make it onto the top three list, from which Zuma and the ANC will appoint one candidate.

Mokonyane has been premier since Zuma became president in 2009, creating what has been criticised as “two centres of power” in the province, pitting the party leadership against the leadership of the provincial government.
Read more on:    anc  |  nomvula mokonyane  |  paul mashatile  |  jacob zuma  |  politics

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