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Wednesday, 03 July 2024 19:52

Lesufi announces his executive council without Democratic Alliance.

By Lehlohonolo Lehana.

Gauteng Premier Panyaza Lesufi has announced members of his executive council on Wednesday evening despite the party failing to reach an agreement with the Democratic Alliance (DA).

Lesufi's appointment of his new Cabinet has been marred by squabbles for positions between the ANC and DA which saw him postponing the announcement twice in the last two weeks.

The parties have accused each other negotiating in bad faith, with the DA saying it will not be part of the provincial government of unity (PGU) in Gauteng.

The DA said it refuses to be "co-opted" into the PGU as it believes it should be part of a power-sharing partnership and that the party will occupy the opposition benches.

They party said, it will announce the new shadow-cabinet in a couple of days which will "relentlessly keep the newly formed executive and all departments accountable."

The DA wanted four positions in the cabinet and while the ANC is only offering three posts, and one post each for smaller parties.

Solly Msimanga, Gauteng DA leader, said they had agreed to a power-sharing deal. It aimed to afford them trust in this political marriage. However, the party alleges that the ANC have always wanted to take the lead.

Msimanga said that after a prolonged engagement involving various senior members of parties on both ends, they found themselves unable to accept a counteroffer to their offer. The offer made to the DA was and continues to be one we find both unfair and unreasonable.

In addition, Msimanga said negotiations are meant to be principle-based, as per the Statement of Intent that both the ANC and the DA signed nationally. However, the ANC's Gauteng leadership and negotiations team do not view this critically important document in the same light.

"If both parties had been negotiating in good faith, the situation might have been different now. That was not the case, and the DA cannot be part of a government that does not value fairness, proportionality, and principles as we do," the DA Gauteng leader added.

Lesufi said the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP), Patriotic Alliance (PA) and Rise Mzansi will form part of the PGU. He thanked all the political parties that have agreed to be part of the PGU.

Here is a list of the members appointed in the provincial cabinet: 

  • Health: Nomantu Nkomo-Ralehoko
  • Roads and transport: Kedibone Diale Tlabela
  • Education, sports arts, culture and recreation: Matome Chiloane
  • Cooperative governance and traditional affairs and infrastructure: Jacob Mamabolo
  • Human settlements: Tasneem Motara
  • Department of treasury and economic development: Lebogang Maile 
  • Social development: Faith Mazibuko
  • Environment: Sheila Marry Peters
  • e-Government: Bonginkosi Bonginkosi Dhlamini
  • Agriculture and rural development: Vuyiswa Ramokgopa 

Notably, Mazibuko, Chiloane, Motara, Maile, Nkomo-Ralehoko and Diale-Tlabela retained their positions in the Gauteng cabinet. Chiloane and Nkomo-Ralehoko will remain at the helm of the Department of Education and Health respectively. All the others have moved to different departments.

In addition, the Department of Education has been merged with the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture while Community Safety has moved to the Office of the Premier.