Gauteng Premier David Makhura had to postpone the announcement of his provincial executive council to further consult with the governing African National Congress, his office said on Tuesday.
A media alert on Makhura’s announcement of his new cabinet initially scheduled for Tuesday was withdrawn on Monday evening.
Provincial government spokesperson Thabo Masebe said: “The premier is still finalising consultation on the matter within the governing party. A new date will be communicated in due course.”
At least one of the members of the executive council (MEC), Barbara Creecy, was sworn in as a member of Parliament last week.
Creecy, who headed Gauteng’s Treasury, was one of the longest-serving members of the provincial legislature, having been MEC for sports and recreation and later education. She joined the legislature in 1994 and was once a deputy chief whip.
Makhura has to consider gender parity when appointing MECs after the ANC national executive committee agreed that in provinces where premiers are men, at least 60% of the provincial executive must be constituted by women. In instances where the premier is a woman, a 50-50 representation in the provincial executive applies.
The ANC clinched Gauteng by the skin of its teeth in the May 8 general elections. With 50.19% of the votes, the ANC secured 37 seats in the legislature, followed by the Democratic Alliance with 20 and the Economic Freedom Fighters at third spot with 11 seats.
– African News Agency