ANC NEC recommends seven premiers

Sisi Ntombela has been recommended as the Free State premier.
Sisi Ntombela has been recommended as the Free State premier.
Image: Veli Nhlapo/Sowetan.

ANC Women's League's call that 50% of the premiers of the provinces in which the party governs should be women, will remain just a dream after most of the candidates recommended by the national executive committee are men.

The party last night announced that five of the seven officials recommended to be premiers are men, while two are women.

The ANC is still finalising the nomination of its premier candidate for the North West.

The announcement comes after the party yesterday held a special NEC meeting in Irene to decide the nomination of its premier candidates.

The meeting was the first real test for President Cyril Ramaphosa, who has promised that the party would appoint only credible and competent members to key government positions.

The recommendations sees the retention of Gauteng's premier David Makhura, Oscar Mabuyane of the Eastern Cape, Free State's Sisi Ntombela, Stan Mathabatha of Limpopo, Mpumalanga's Refilwe Mtsweni and Zamani Saul of the Northern Cape.

Sihle Zikalala, ANC chairperson of the party in KwaZulu-Natal, has been recommended to be the province's premier.

In a media statement issued by ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule last night, he said the NEC, the party's highest decision-making body in between conferences, resolved that in provinces where premiers were men at least 60% of the provincial executive must be constituted by women.

"In arriving at its decision the NEC was guided by the following principles and approaches: gender parity; unity and stability in ANC structures; youth and inter generational mix; experience and; integrity," Magashule said.

"The NEC received three names per province as recommended by the provincial executive committees.

"There was consensus that in instances where the premier is a female there shall be at least 50-50 representation in the provincial executive.

"Speakers in all provinces will be women irrespective of whether the premier is male or female.

Youth representation must be integrated."

"Pertaining to the North West, the premier candidate will be announced in due course following internal engagements."

The ANC added that it will undergo a process of self-introspection and assessment of its election campaign.

As the party's executive went into yesterday's meeting, there was serious jostling for who would be appointed premiers, especially given calls from the ANC Women's League that at least four of those appointed should be women.

Sources who spoke to Sowetan on condition of anonymity yesterday, gave names of their preferred premier candidates which were top of the agenda at the NEC meeting that ended late last night.

Speaking to reporters, shortly before the NEC meeting yesterday, Magashule said the lists of parliamentarians could still be amended.

"I'm not saying the list to parliament can't be changed. I am saying we have registered the list [to the IEC].

"To take out a person from parliament from the list, that person must agree to resign," he said.

The ANC has received a lot of flak from the public, including veterans and alliance partners, after including members that had damning allegations of wrongdoing and corruption hanging over their heads.

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