Gauteng ANC expresses confidence in David Makhura as chair and premier

South Africa

Johannesburg – The African National Congress (ANC) in Gauteng on Thursday said it continued to have faith in David Makhura as both its chairperson and premier.

This as the party in the province steered yet another scandal with Makhura at the helm amid some calls from in and out of the ANC for him to step down.

On Thursday, his deputy Panyaza Lesufi said the provincial executive felt Makhura was exceptional in his leadership of the province.

The ANC also announced the decision to subject former health MEC Dr Bandile Masuku and presidential spokesperson Khusela Diko before its disciplinary processes.

MMC for the City of Johannesburg Loyiso Masuku, who is also married to the former MEC, was cleared of any wrongdoing and told she could return to work.

The ANC in Gauteng said there were no allegations linking Makhura to any corruption.

Lesufi said even with past matters such as Life Esidimeni, no wrongdoing was found against Makhura. But some in and outside of the party have asked why Makhura remained unscathed while those serving under him lose their careers over government-linked scandals.

Lesufi added that seeking to punish leaders for such was unfair.

β€œIt will really send the wrong precedence that leaders are brought to book on the basis of allegations,” said Lesufi.

Lesufi also described this period as difficult for the party.

The ANC in Gauteng also complained of media leaks of its closed conversations and said it would launch an investigation soon.


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