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By Dimakatso Modipa

Gauteng new cabinet
Gauteng new cabinet

The Democratic Alliance (DA) in Gauteng notes that the announcement of the Gauteng Executive, by Premier Panyaza Lesufi, took place today the 3rd of July 2024.

After robust engagements, and negotiations stretching over weeks, we have declined to take up seats on the African National Congress’ (ANC) terms,and will not form part of the Executive of the Gauteng Government of Provincial Unity (GPU).

Solly Msimanga MPL Leader of the Democratic Alliance in Gauteng said in a statement after a prolonged engagement involving various senior members of parties on both ends, yesterday (2nd of July 2024), we found ourselves unable to accept a counter to our offer. The offer made to the DA was and continues to be one we find both unfair and unreasonable.

In the spirit of unity, and in an effort to build a relationship with a foundation of trust, we entered into these critical negotiations.

It is, however, impossible for the DA to be co-opted into government, as we are meant to be power sharing partners.

“We will not be functionaries who rubber stamp decisions made by an executive, that evidently, is intent on keeping us on the edge of the fray.

Beyond the problematic nature of an attitude that seemingly does not understand what their significant loss of the vote share in Gauteng entails, an air of refusal to be partners, which ultimately is the goal, dominated conversations,” said Solly Msimanga MPL Leader of the Democratic Alliance in Gauteng.

Msimanga said negotiations are meant to be principle based, as per the Statement of Intent that both the ANC and the DA signed on a national level.

The ANC’s Gauteng leadership, and negotiations team, does not view this critically important document in the same light.

If both parties were negotiating in good faith, the situation might have been different now.

That was not the case, and the DA cannot be a part of a government that does not value fairness, proportionality, and principles in the same way we do.

“The Democratic Alliance has a long history of being a strong and unforgivingly thorough opposition. We are both comfortable and proud to enter back into the opposition benches from where we will serve the people of Gauteng.

I will, in the next couple of days, announce the new Shadow-cabinet which will relentlessly keep the newly formed executive and all departments accountable.

Our principles, and the principles set out in the Statement of Intent are non-negotiable, and we will not allow either to be trampled on,” said Msimanga.

Meanwhile, Gauteng Premier Panyaza Lesufi has announced his ten-member Cabinet despite the fallout with the DA.

Gauteng premier Panyaza Lesufi said we bring to you the new leadership and Members of the Executive Council, assigned to steer the ship towards a better Gauteng.

The team, will from this week, start their work of consolidating the elections of manifesto of their parties into a shared vision for the Gauteng we want, a shared vision of prosperity, shared vision of service delivery, a shared vision to eliminate crime, corruption and lawlessness.

“Our agenda to protect the weak, the poor and vulnerable will be led from the Office of the Premier is priority of our province to fight crime, corruption and lawlessness.

MECs of the state, MECs for all GP and not for a specific political party. We are Gauteng Government not a certain Party’s Government,” said Premier Lesufi.

“We remain committed to building a better Gauteng. A Gauteng that will make all of us proud. A Gauteng that will fight crime, corruption and lawlessness mercilessly,” he said.

The IFP’s Bonginkosi Dlamini is now MEC for eGovernance.

Lebogang Maile of the ANC is MEC for Finance.

Matome Chiloane is MEC for Education and Sports.

Vuyiswa Ramokgopa of Rise Mzansi is the new MEC for Agriculture and Rural Affairs.

Nomantu Nkomo-Ralehoko of the ANC is the MEC for Health.

Jacob Mamabolo of the ANC is the MEC for Infrastructure and Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs.

Kedibone Tlhabela of the ANC is the MEC for Roads and Transport.

Tasneem Motara is the MEC for Human Settlements.

Faith Mazibuki is the MEC for Social Development.

Sheila Mary Peters of the Patriotic Alliance is the MEC for Environmental Affairs.

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