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Premier Lesufi sounds ‘death knell’ for Gauteng, say critics

Critics of Premier Lesufi are labelling the antics that surrounded his Gauteng Cabinet selection as ‘provincial capture’, reports IOL. Likewise, his critics are calling the ‘recycling of failed leaders’ as a potential ‘death knell’ for service deliver in the faltering province.

Meanwhile, the Democratic Alliance-run Western Cape has just had its credit rating upgraded. Moody’s said good governance, due to improved revenue collection and enhanced infrastructure programmes, was the reason behind its upgrade to ‘Ba3’ status. This trumps South Africa’s overall sovereign rating of ‘Ba2’, which still languishes two notches below investment grade.

PREMIER LESUFI

Premier Lesufi’s AmaPanyaza law enforcement brigade have left residents dumbfounded as to what their jurisdiction is. Image: File

The failings of Premier Lesufi to oversee a coalition Cabinet in Gauteng this week saw the DA’s Refiloe Nt’sekhe resign from the Deputy Speaker position in the Gauteng Legislature. According to BusinessLive, the African National Congress (ANC) only received 36% voter support in Gauteng province.

And instead of embracing the ethos of a Government of National Unity (GNU), Premier Lesufi chose to play musical chairs and entrust only his comrades with key portfolios. These included the Treasury, Economic Development, Social Development, Health and Human settlements. However, critics have labelled this ‘recycling of failed leaders’ from the sixth administration as a ‘death knell’ for service delivery in Gauteng.

THINGS UNLIKELY TO CHANGE IN GAUTENG

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Seven members of the Gauteng cabinet are ANC members. Image: X/Gauteng provincial government

The DA was unhappy when Premier Lesufi offered it only three positions. The party wanted the portfolios to be shared proportionally based on vote. The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) even weighed in, saying it was unimpressed by the reappointment of the same old ANC leaders to government positions.

“Equally uninspiring is the motivation behind the recycling of ANC leadership in government. The ANC has not appointed credible and dedicated individuals to serve the people of Gauteng. The recycling of a failed collective is confirmation that unemployment, high levels of crime, ailing infrastructure, failing economy, a housing backlog, poor healthcare system and shortage of education will sustain in Gauteng,” concluded the EFF’s Nkululeko Dunga.

NOT IMPRESSED

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Gauteng Premier Panyaza Lesufi presides over coalition talks that subsequently broke down. Image: X/Gauteng Provincial Government

Meanwhile, ActionSA’s Funzi Ngobeni said the Cabinet of Premier Lesufi in Gauteng: “Represents a mere continuation of the same politics that brought South Africa’s economic hub to its knees. Therefore, residents should not hold their breath for any real change in the provincial government’s comical approach to governance.”

On the de-resolution of DA involvement in the Gauteng provincial government, its provincial leader, Solly Msimanga said: “The DA did not go into this for the sake of adding numbers or wanting positions for the sake of it. We wanted to be there strategically, to bring changes we wanted to see.

HAVE YOUR SAY

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Why not have your say on the matter? Image: Duncan P Walker

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