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Monday, 01 July 2024 18:48

Announcement of Gauteng cabinet postponed again after DA's boycott.

By Lehlohonolo Lehana.

Gauteng Premier Panyaza Lesufi has postponed the announcement of members of the executive council for the 7th administration.

This follows Democratic Alliance (DA) boycott of the new administration after they confirmed they were only offered two positions.

Solly Msimanga, leader of the DA in Gauteng, says he met with the ANC on Monday morning to discuss the party proposal and Lesufi promised to give him an answer by 4pm but this never happened.

"The ANC has failed to come back to us. If they think they can make an announcement without prior engagement, the deal is off.

The African National Congress' (ANC) provincial leadership in a media briefing confirmed that there has been yet another deadlock in negotiations with the DA and that it could not agree with the party's demands.

ANC provincial secretary TK Nciza said they had hoped that it would have been an easy day where Lesufi was going to announce his executive.

The reality is we have been in negotiations not with the DA alone because the framework of the ANC has been very clear, we must bring as many parties as possible.

"So, we are not forming a coalition or a grand coalition with the Democratic Alliance, we are following the framework of the African National Congress as adopted in the NEC. We have deadlocked not once with the Democratic Alliance in the province, because we don't believe what they are raising is really reasonabel," Nciza said.

He said they will try again to negotiate with the DA, but this will be led by ANC secretary-general, Fikile Mbalula.

Nciza said with or without the DA, the ANC believes "Gauteng will be able to form a government."

"We're saying it with utmost respect, we have always given all parties respect. In fact, we've spoken to all parties including a party with one seat to say we are moving forward because we have seen what the president of ANC and the president of the country would have done.

"There will be a solution tomorrow, we'll be able to move forward but from where we are really, our premier is ready to announce and the ANC and these other parties are ready to hit the ground running," Nciza said.

ANC head of elections Lebogang Maile said they have concluded agreements with other parties.

"They (DA) are behaving like a spoilt brat, and now we must be entertaing that."

Maile said they are forming a unity government in Gauteng and are inviting other parties, but the DA is behaving as if it is "us and them."

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