Women overlooked in premier nominations

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The Economic Freedom Fighters and trade union Amcu are working together to destabilise the country and the ANC government, ANC deputy secretary general Jessie Duarte said. File picture: Phill Magakoe

Johannesburg - Of the eight provinces run by the ANC only one will have a female premier, which was concerning, party deputy secretary general Jessie Duarte said on Tuesday.

“While the NEC (national executive committee) agrees that the provinces are free to nominate any person, the ANC was concerned with the male dominance,” she told reporters in Johannesburg.

“The NEC agreed that going to the next national general council, the nomination regulations must be... reviewed.”

The African National Congress held a special NEC meeting in Pretoria on Monday where it decided on its premiers.

Duarte said it was a marathon meeting, which started at 8am and ended late evening. Each province proposed three names for premier, but the NEC had the final say.

Duarte said it was decided that where there was a male premier there had to be a female speaker, and the provincial executive committee had to be 60 percent women.

The Northern Cape was the only province where the majority ANC appointed a female premier, Sylvia Lucas. Kenny Moemang would be provincial speaker.

Mpumalanga, KwaZulu-Natal, the Free State, and Limpopo retained their premiers Ä David Mabuza, Senzo Mchunu, Ace Magashule, and Stan Mathabatha respectively.

Their speakers would be Thandi Shongwe in Mpumalanga, Sisi Mabe in the Free State, Merriam Ramadwa in Limpopo, and Lydia Johnson in KwaZulu-Natal.

ANC Gauteng secretary David Makhura would replace Nomvula Mokonyane as premier. Former co-operative governance MEC Ntombi Mekgwe would be provincial speaker.

In the North West, premier Thandi Modise was replaced by ANC provincial chairman Supra Mahumapelo. Sussana Tsebe was chosen as provincial speaker.

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