UPDATE | Kgosientso Ramokgopa resigns from Gauteng cabinet, Makhura names successor

2019-10-11 13:34
Kgosientso Ramokgopa (Karabo Ngoepe, News24)

Kgosientso Ramokgopa (Karabo Ngoepe, News24)

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Gauteng Economic Development Agriculture and Environment Kgosientso Ramokgopa has resigned from Premier David Makhura's provincial cabinet.

Makhura has been under pressure to give one of his male MECs the chop to balance the gender parity in his cabinet.

Ramokgopa hails from Tshwane.

Makhura, in a message  on Twitter, announced that he would be replaced by Morakane Mosupyoe.

Mosupyoe, who also comes from Tshwane, was council speaker when Ramokgopa was mayor.

In a statement the economic development department released, Ramakgopa expressed his "most sincere gratitude" to the ANC for his deployment to the provincial legislature. He also thanked Makhura.

"It has been a great pleasure to serve the people of Gauteng and I have no doubt that the 6th administration will take the province forward by remaining focused on the task at hand of growing an inclusive and transformed economy that creates jobs for the unemployed," his statement read.

The ANC national executive committee (NEC) decided that in provinces where there are male premiers, 60% of the executive had to be female.

Makhura, however, had 50/50 representation. This led the party leadership in the province, also headed by Makhura, to hold countless meetings with numerous leagues and structures to retain the status quo.

This was fiercely debated at all levels, including by the top six, the women's league and the ANC's alliance partners.

Following its NEC meeting in September, the ANC said Makhura would have to make an announcement by the first week of October. A party insider earlier told News24, the former Tshwane mayor had made "too many blunders, has no constituency and is really just Makhura's passion project".

Several party members also felt aggrieved when Ramokgopa was appointed to Makhura's cabinet, claiming he was responsible for the party's loss of Tshwane.

News24 earlier reported that ANC insiders had suggested Ramokgopa could be deployed to the national government where there is a vacancy in the Department of Minerals and Energy, following the death of deputy minister Bavelile Hlongwa.

Ironically, this move could see Ramokgopa once again caught up in a debate about gender parity, this time at a national level.

Read more on:    anc  |  kgosientso ramokgopa  |  gauteng  |  politics
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