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Wednesday, 03 July 2024 14:31

Lesufi to announce his inclusive Cabinet after ANC unable to accede to DA's proposal.

By Lehlohonolo Lehana.

African National Congress (ANC) Secretary-General Fikile Mbalula has instructed Gauteng Premier Panyaza Lesufi to appoint and announce his multi-party Cabinet on Wednesday.

During a media briefing at Luthuli House on Wednesday, Mbalula said the ANC in Gauteng cannot agree to the DA's proposals for the formation of the Gauteng government, saying the DA leadership led by Federal Council chairperson Helen Zille had misinterpreted the Statement of Intent of the Government of National Unity.

Mbalula said the DA's own initial demand was for three MEC positions, deputy speaker and chair of chairs in the Gauteng Provincial Legislature, which the ANC accepted.

On Tuesday, the two parties met with intentions of forming a government of provincial unity but they failed to come to terms with each other.

"Regrettably, and notwithstanding an initial agreement regarding the formation of the Provincial Executive Council, this process has not proceeded with the same alacrity," Mbalula said.

Mbalula maintained that the DA failed to understand the statement, adding that this also undermined an agreed upon principle in the national negotiations that the provinces be allowed to proceed with their negotiations.

"We are unable to accede to the DA's latest proposals," said Mbalula.

Mbalula highlighted that the DA was not the only party that they were engaging in talks with to set up the government in Gauteng.

As a result Mbalula said Lesufi would announce his Cabinet on Wednesday night and that he had written to Zille imploring the DA to return to the negotiation table.

According to Zille, who addressed the media from Rosebank on Tuesday, the wants a power sharing agreement between the ANC and the DA because they attained similar results in Gauteng. The ANC has 28 seats (34% of the vote in Gauteng0, while the DA has 22 seats (or 27% of the vote).

Zille said they would not tolerate the ANC's attitude and approach in the negotiations. The DA claims that the ANC is deliberately choosing to ignore the framework in the GNU's statement of intent.

Lesufi said they have been having coalition talks with the other parties in attempts to form a government.

"We are ready to announce a government of Gauteng this evening. And that government of Gauteng will be an inclusive government that will include everyone that is willing to work with us and it will include everyone that is willing to take this province forward."

Gauteng is the only province that does not have an executive following the elections.

The tussle for MEC positions in the executive has led to deadlocks in negotiations on the make-up of the Premier's Cabinet.