FF Plus says Lesufi will face an uphill battle to implement decisions

The Freedom Front Plus (FF Plus) says Gauteng Premier Panyaza Lesufi’s appointment of a provincial Cabinet, which does not broadly reflect the composition of the Government of National Unity (GNU) at the national level, is unacceptable.

Earlier this week, Lesufi finally announced the members of the executive council following two postponements and disagreements over positions with the Democratic Alliance (DA). 


FF Plus member of the Gauteng legislature advocate Anton Alberts said a golden opportunity to create a more representative and equitable government for Gauteng has been missed.

Alberts said the sensible policies that the FF Plus would propose would put Gauteng’s economic growth on an upward trajectory and drastically improve safety and security for its people.

Alberts further emphasised that his party did not request any executive positions. However, a well-composed government of provincial unity would have been able to adopt FF Plus’s sensible policies and implement them for Gauteng’s benefit.

“Lesufi will have an uphill battle to implement decisions, seeing as he is ruling with a significant minority. Lesufi will struggle to get the 50% + 1 vote needed in the Legislature without the support of the FF Plus and the DA.

“If Lesufi were to ask the EFF and the MK for their support, he would have to make questionable compromises which may be detrimental to Gauteng because of those parties’ radical policies,”


On Wednesday, after the deputy president, 75 Cabinet ministers and their deputies were sworn in at the Cape Town International Convention Centre, DA federal leader John Steenhuisen said the ANC would struggle to work without them in the Gauteng legislature.

“Good luck to them trying to get a budget passed,” Steenhuisen, the new minister of agriculture, told Newzroom Afrika‘s Ziyanda Ngcobo.

Without the DA, the ANC needs 13 seats to pass budgets in Gauteng, meaning they need support from the Patriotic Alliance (2 seats) and the Economic Freedom Fighters (11 seats) for instance, among other collaboration possibilities.

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