Tension mounts as David Makhura fails to drop male MEC


Honorary Master
Mar 26, 2010
Johannesburg - The ANC’s eyes remain fixed on Gauteng Premier David Makhura after he failed to drop one of his male MECs and replace him with a woman, as instructed by the party’s national executive committee.

The party’s national working committee is set to discuss the issue when it meets on Monday.

ANC national spokesperson Pule Mabe said the party’s top brass was still awaiting feedback from Makhura on the implementation of the decision.

“He must look at the issues they are facing as the province. This ANC policy and the decision has been taken by the NEC, but he must be given space to look at and deal with the issue. This is obviously a sensitive issue, it’s about political management,” Mabe said.

He added there was, however, no strict time frame given to Makhura for when he should fire one man and appoint a woman in his provincial executive council of 10 MECs.

There are five women MECs and five men, with him being the six, which is against the party’s decision of 50/50 gender representation.

Several members of the ANC’s provincial executive committee said it was difficult to choose which man to drop from the provincial cabinet, for political and competency reasons.

Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi was expected not to be affected by the decision as he was redeployed back to the department by Makhura due to public demand by Gauteng citizens, after he was initially appointed as finance MEC following elections.

Lesufi is also the party’s second in command in the province.
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