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Panyaza Lesufi to reshuffle Gauteng cabinet when he takes over as premier

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Panyaza Lesufi to reshuffle Gauteng cabinet when he takes over as premier

Incoming Gauteng Premier Panyaza Lesufi
Incoming Gauteng Premier Panyaza Lesufi

5th October 2022

By: News24Wire

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Incoming Gauteng Premier Panyaza Lesufi is expected to reshuffle his cabinet when he assumes office, the African National Congress's (ANC's) provincial executive committee (PEC) said during a press briefing on Wednesday.

Provincial secretary Thembinkosi "TK" Nciza said "the new premier always comes with his own cabinet".

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Nciza refused to comment further on Lesufi's replacement.

"We will have to await the new premier's announcement of his own cabinet; it's his prerogative," Nciza said.

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He warned that no one "owns any positions within the ANC" and that members should not take offence if they are moved to a different portfolio or if they are not considered for any of the 10 MEC positions.

Lesufi declined to comment on the looming reshuffle and said: "I don't even have a draft list as it stands.

"The choice does not lay entirely with me; I must consult with the ANC and then the alliance before we can announce the new MECs," he said.

PEC members who were part of the deliberations said Finance and e-Government MEC Nomantu Nkomo-Ralehoko, who was Education MEC for a day in May 2019, could replace Lesufi.

A PEC member who spoke to News24 on condition of anonymity added that Bandile Masuku, a staunch ally of the incoming premier, was another name that was mentioned.

"While Masuku's name has been discussed, the province is aware that it would be a hard sell to the ANC national office bearers and alliance partners, given the allegations that led to him vacating his position as Health MEC," the PEC member said.

Talks of a possible reshuffle come after the ANC in the province received and accepted the resignation of outgoing premier, David Makhura.

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The PEC said on Wednesday: "The resignation by Makhura was informed by his desire to facilitate a smooth transition and to afford the newly elected provincial leadership space to run a far-sighted and inventive campaign towards the 2024 general elections."

Makhura served as the province's sixth premier since 2014.

Taking over the reins, Lesufi said the ANC in the province had a clear plan on how to turn around declining electoral support.

He added that the provincial leadership had a plan in place in the lead-up to the looming national elections, which it kickstarted through meetings with every ANC branch in the province, outlining its vision and how to take the party forward.

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