Panyaza Lesufi Gauteng cabinet

Gauteng Premier Panyaza Lesufi. Image: Facebook/Panyaza Lesufi

Lesufi postpones announcement of Gauteng cabinet members

Gauteng residents will have to wait a little longer to find out who the cabinet members are as Lesufi has postponed his announcement.

Panyaza Lesufi Gauteng cabinet

Gauteng Premier Panyaza Lesufi. Image: Facebook/Panyaza Lesufi

Gauteng Premier Panyaza Lesufi has postponed the announcement of cabinet members for the seventh administration.

Lesufi was expected to announce the members of the executive council on Sunday, 23 June.

ANNOUNCEMENT OF GAUTENG CABINET MEMBERS POSTPONED

As previously reported by The South African, Andrek ‘Panyaza’ Lesufi was re-elected as Gauteng premier during the Gauteng Provincial Legislature first sitting on Friday, 14 June.

Lesufi was nominated for the premiership and was elected unopposed.

Former Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation MEC Morakane Mosupyoe was also elected unopposed as speaker for the Gauteng Legislature. The Democratic Alliance’s Refiloe Ntsheke was elected Deputy Speaker.

As per the Electoral Commission of South Africa, no political party achieved an outright majority in the 2024 National and Provincial Elections. Support for the ANC in Gauteng declined from 50% in 2019 to just 36%.

Nationally, support also declined to just 40% forcing the liberation party to work with other political parties to form government for the seventh administration.

After the 2021 local government elections, most municipalities in Gauteng have been governed through coalitions, especially the metros such as Ekurhuleni, Johannesburg and Tshwane.

Ahead of the announcement of cabinet members Lesufi had said the appointment of the MECs takes into consideration the competency, skills as well as ensuring representation across gender as mandated by the people of Gauteng.

HOW MANY SEATS DID POLITICAL PARTIES OBTAIN?

GAUTENG PROVINCIAL LEGISLATURE:

  • ANC – 28
  • DA – 22
  • EFF – 11
  • MK PARTY – 8
  • ACTIONSA – 3
  • PA – 2
  • VF PLUS – 2
  • ACDP – 1
  • BOSA – 1
  • IFP – 1
  • RISE MZANSI – 1

KWAZULU-NATAL FORMS GOVERNMENT OF PROVINCIAL UNITY

In KwaZulu-Natal Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) which received the second highest votes in the province formed a government of provincial unity with the Democratic Alliance (DA), the National Freedom Party (NFP) and the African National Congress (ANC).

Here are the members of the executive council:

  • Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs – Reverend Musa Keith Zondi. He left the IFP in 2011 after claims that he was being targeted by assassins, made a surprise return to his former political home when he was included in its national council in 2023.
  • Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA) – Reverend Thulasizwe Dominic Buthelezi. He recently resigned as the mayor of Zululand district municipality and also serves at the Traditional Prime Minister in the Zulu monarchy.
  • Health – Nomagugu Simelane. The ANC KZN deputy chairperson has retained her position in the health portfolio.
  • Social Development – Mbali Cynthia Shinga. The NFP member previously served in the Education Committee (Kwazulu-Natal-Provincial-Legislature-Committee)
  • Public Works and Infrastructure – Lukas Marthinus Meyer. The DA member served as a councillor in eThekwini from 2011 to 2019 prior to joining the KZN Provincial Legislature.
  • Finance – Francoise Adrianus Rodgers. The DA KZN leader has been a public representative for over 25 years.
  • Agriculture and Rural Development – Thembeni Petty kaMadlopha-Mthethwa.
  • Transport and Human Settlements – Siboniso Amstrong Duma
  • Education – Siphosihle Emmanuel Hlomuka. The ANC KZN deputy secretary previously served as the MEC for Cogta and Transport, Community Safety and Liaison.
  • Sport, Arts and Culture – Mntomuhle Khawula. The IFP member previously served on the Ad Hoc Committee on Investigations (Kwazulu-Natal-Provincial-Legislature-Committee).