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Smooth start for Gauteng unity government

The ANC’s move to build a government of national unity in parliament seems to have been adopted by most of the 11 political parties in the Gauteng provincial legislature, except the EFF.

The ANC said there was “an understanding” between all the 11 political parties in the legislature.

On Friday, during the special sitting, the 80 members spoke in unison, adopting motions and nominating leaders for various positions.

The ANC’s Panyaza Lesufi was re-elected unopposed as premier of Gauteng.

He was nominated by the ANC’s Nomantu Nkomo-Ralehoko and seconded by the DA’s Mike Moriarty.

Meanwhile, the ANC’s Gauteng treasurer, Morakane Mosupye, was elected unopposed as Speaker of the Gauteng legislature. The MK’s caucus leader, Thabang Nkani, seconded his nomination.

The DA’s Refiloe Nt’sekhe was elected as deputy speaker.

The voting on the chairpersons and deputy chairpersons of portfolios was deferred to a later sitting.

The EFF didn’t object to the elections but said they were not part of the government of provincial unity and did not support it.

In an interview with Scrolla.Africa, the chairperson of the EFF in Gauteng, Nkululeko Dunga, said their negotiations with the ANC broke down at the eleventh hour when the party started being cold towards them.

“There was a shift in the mood in how they engaged us after meeting with the DA,” he said.

“What kind of unity is this when there hasn’t been a meeting with all political parties who sat around a table to formulate a way forward?

“It is just a gimmick of the ANC in their attempt to go into a coalition with the DA in the formulation of government,” he said, adding that the ANC had not had “thorough engagements with other political parties”.

Dunga said the EFF will not work with the ANC now that it is working with the DA.

The MK’s Nkani said the national office mandated them to support the speaker’s nomination.

“We are not at a point where we can call this a coalition, we just voted and supported anything that speaks to Africans,” he said.

The 28 ANC members hold a majority. The DA, with 22 members, is the main opposition and then there are 11 EFF members, eight MK, three ActionSA, two FF+, two PA, one Rise Mzansi, one IFP, one Bosa and one ACDP.

Pictured above: All went smoothly at the first sitting of the Gauteng Legislature.

Source: Doreen Mokgolo