ANC Asserts Independence: Gauteng Premier Selection Unyielding

The political landscape in Gauteng, South Africa’s economic heartbeat, pulses with anticipation. As the provincial legislature convenes for the first time since the May 29 elections, all eyes turn to the African National Congress (ANC) and its premier candidate.

Once the undisputed ruler of Gauteng, the ANC now grapples with a new reality. Its share of the vote has dwindled to 35%, a far cry from the heady days of 2019 when it commanded 50.2%. Falling below the 50% mark leaves the party short of outright governance, igniting coalition negotiations that crackle with tension.

Lesego Makhubela, the ANC’s Gauteng spokesperson, pulls no punches. “We’re not entering these discussions with salt in our hands,” he declares. “We’re not ambitious poodles.” Instead, the ANC shoulders its responsibility—to lead the province and honor the people’s will. Blackmail won’t sway them; they’re prepared to sit in the opposition benches if necessary.

Three Names, One Decision

Behind closed doors, the ANC Provincial Executive Committee (PEC) deliberated. Three names emerged: Panyaza Lesufi, the provincial chairperson; Morakane Mosupyoe, the treasurer; and Tasneem Motara, the deputy secretary. Their order of priority rests with the national executive committee, which will soon unveil the chosen premier candidate.

Turbulence with the EFF

Meanwhile, the ANC’s informal alliance with the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) has hit turbulence. Ekurhuleni Mayor Nkosindiphile Xhakaza, an ANC member, ousted EFF chair Nkululeko Dunga from the mayoral committee for finance.

DA and IFP: The Talks Continue

In the corridors of power, whispers echo. The Democratic Alliance (DA) and the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) engage in advanced discussions with the provincial ANC. The outcome remains uncertain, but Gauteng awaits its leader—a compass in stormy seas.

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