Incoming Gauteng Premier Panyaza Lesufi
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Making headlines: DA's Zwakele Mncwango quits KZN legislature; DA confident court will declare last week’s Joburg council meeting unlawful; And, Panyaza Lesufi to reshuffle Gauteng cabinet when he takes over as premier
DA's Zwakele Mncwango quits KZN legislature
Former KwaZulu-Natal Democratic Alliance leader Zwakele Mncwango has resigned as the party's chief whip in the provincial legislature and member of the legislature.
In a statement on Wednesday, Mncwango said he tendered his resignation to the DA on Tuesday, with his tenure as chief whip coming to an end on 15 October.
He said this decision is predicated on factors that he had pondered on over a period of time in terms of his role in politics.
Mncwango questioned whether the KwaZulu-Natal legislature "was the right place to continue to best serve the people of KwaZulu-Natal".
DA confident court will declare last week’s Joburg council meeting unlawful
Ousted City of Johannesburg Mayor Mpho Phalatse said she and her party, the Democratic Alliance, were confident the Gauteng High Court will declare last week’s council meeting in whch she was ousted a mayor irregular and unlawful.
Phalatse was removed as the mayor of Johannesburg in a special sitting and replaced with African National Congress councillor Dada Morero.
On Monday, Phalatse launched a court bid to overturn her removal as Johannesburg mayor. The matter will be heard on October 11.
She said she will continue to fight with and for the people of Johannesburg.
She explained that the sitting, rushed through by the new Speaker Colleen Makhubele, in order to vote her out of office before a court could stop Makhubele, was irregular and unlawful and the party is confident that the court ruling will confirm this.
She said this fight was not hers but that it was for the people of Johannesburg and added that the DA needs to fight on principle.
And, Panyaza Lesufi to reshuffle Gauteng cabinet when he takes over as premier
Incoming Gauteng Premier Panyaza Lesufi is expected to reshuffle his cabinet when he assumes office, the African National Congress's provincial executive committee said during a press briefing today.
Provincial secretary Thembinkosi "TK" Nciza said "the new premier always comes with his own cabinet".
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 on condition of anonymity added that Bandile Masuku, a staunch ally of the incoming premier, was another name that was mentioned.
Talks of a possible reshuffle come after the ANC in the province received and accepted the resignation of outgoing premier, David Makhura.
That’s a roundup of news making headlines today
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