Panyaza Lesufi Gauteng cabinet

Gauteng Premier Panyaza Lesufi. Image: Facebook/Panyaza Lesufi

BREAKING: Panyaza Lesufi re-elected Gauteng premier

African National Congress (ANC) chairperson in Gauteng and former Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi has been re-elected as premier.

Panyaza Lesufi Gauteng cabinet

Gauteng Premier Panyaza Lesufi. Image: Facebook/Panyaza Lesufi

Andrek ‘Panyaza’ Lesufi has been re-elected as Gauteng premier.

Lesufi was elected 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.

Before the election, Gauteng judge president Dunstan Mlambo presided over the official swear-in ceremony of all members of the provincial legislature (MPLs), in the chambers in Johannesburg.

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.


  • According to the Gauteng Provincial Government, Lesufi was born on 4 September 1968 at Dindela (Edenvale) in Ekurhuleni
  • He holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration.
  • Lesufi has long been involved in the ANC-led Mass Democratic Movement (MDM), spending most of his youth in the student and youth structures of the movement.
  • He has been a member of the ANC’s Provincial Executive Committee since 2007 and served in the NEC Education Sub-committee. In July 2018, he was elected as Deputy Chairperson of the ANC in Gauteng. He assumed the position of Chairperson of the ANC in Gauteng on 26 June 2022 at the provincial conference held in Benoni, Ekurhuleni.