There have been three changes from the premiers of years past, with the removal of Noxolo Kiviet in the Eastern Cape, Thandi Modise in the North West and, most noteably, Gauteng’s Nomvula Mokonyane.
List of ANC premiers by province:
Phumulo Masualle – Eastern Cape
Supra Mahumapelo – North West
David Makhura – Gauteng
David Mabuza – Mpumalanga
Stan Mathabatha – Limpopo
Sylvia Lucas – Northern Cape
Senzo Mchunu – KwaZulu-Natal
Ace Magashule – Free State
The decision to appoint David Makhura as the premier of Gauteng took much deliberation by the ANC’s National Executive Committee. The two potential candidates were the ANC’s Provincial Treasurer and MEC Ntombi Mekgwe and, of course, David Makhura. After a full day and a half of furious debating, the party finally settled on the Gauteng Secretary, David Makhura, for the post. Mekgwe was appointed as spokesperson for the province.
Every province where there is a male premier, will now have a female spokesperson. This decision was made by the ANC to promote further gender equality amongst its political leaders, as only one of its eight premiers announced today is a woman (Sylvia Lucas, of the Northern Cape).
This seems like a rather small compensation, when it is considered that every single ANC Provincial Secretary and Chairperson are male. It is kept this way, according to ANC Treasurer General, Zweli Mkhize, to avoid, “problems presented by two centres of power”. The ANC does promise more transformation with time, however, and plan to impliment its new Gender Equality policy accross the board.
The only province not ruled by the ANC, the Western Cape, which is governed by the DA, has not yet recieved word on who their provincial premier will be. The most likely candidate remains Hellen Zille, who served the province over the previous term.
All of these anouncements come as the unemployment rate is at 25,20% accross the country and the rand is taking serious strain due to the seemingly never-ending platinum strikes. The new premiers face the daunting task of governing provinces where there is obvious socio-economic unrest. They have been elected by the people which they have promised to serve. Time (and statistics) will tell how they fare.