Makhura appoints female MEC after Ramokgopa resigns
Johannesburg - Gauteng Premier David Makhura has appointed Morakane Mosupyoe as the new MEC for Economic Development, Agriculture and Environment.
Mosupyoe will take over from Kgosientso Ramokgopa who resigned from his position on Friday.
Ramakgopa's departure may not surprise many as the ANC national executive committee (NEC) has been pressuring Makhura to adhere to ANC policy. The policy stipulates that if the premier is male then the provincial cabinet should be made up of 60% female.
Ramakgopa previously served as the mayor of Tshwane.
His resignation and the appointment of Mosupyoe were announced on social media by Makhura.
"In keeping with the ANC’s commitment to ensure that women are well represented in executive structures, I have appointed Morakane Mosupyoe as the new MEC for @GautengDE. She will continue with our vision of growing the economy of our province," he said.
In keeping with the ANC’s commitment to ensure that women are well represented in executive structures I have appointed Ms. Morakane Mosupyoe as the new MEC for @GautengDED.She will continue with our vision of growing the economy our province. #GrowingGautengTogether pic.twitter.com/X9djfs6Q9x— David Makhura (@David_Makhura) October 11, 2019
"MEC Morakane Mosupye is former MMC and Speaker in the City of Tshwane. Wishing Dr Sputla Ramokgopa well in his new assignment which will be announced soon."
Ms. Mosupyoe has served as the MMC for Health and Social Development In Tshwane. In 2011 she became the first female speaker of the City of Tshwane until 2016. I wish Dr. @Kgosientso_R well in his new role, which will be announced soon.— David Makhura (@David_Makhura) October 11, 2019