Premier Lesufi’s Controversial Cabinet Selection Criticized as “Provincial Capture” in Gauteng

Premier Lesufi’s Controversial Cabinet Selection Criticized as “Provincial Capture” in Gauteng

Critics have sharply criticized Premier Lesufi’s handling of Gauteng’s Cabinet selection, labeling it as ‘provincial capture’, according to a report by IOL.

They argue that the decision to recycle leaders from previous administrations could spell trouble for service delivery in the struggling province.

In contrast, the Western Cape, governed by the Democratic Alliance, has received praise for its effective governance.

Moody’s recently upgraded its credit rating to ‘Ba3’, citing improved revenue collection and enhanced infrastructure programs.

This surpasses South Africa’s overall sovereign rating of ‘Ba2’, which remains two notches below investment grade.

Premier Lesufi’s approach to forming a coalition Cabinet in Gauteng has drawn significant criticism.

The resignation of DA’s Refiloe Nt’sekhe from the Deputy Speaker position highlights dissatisfaction with the allocation of portfolios.

Despite calls for a Government of National Unity (GNU), Lesufi opted to appoint predominantly ANC members to key positions, a move criticized as favoritism rather than unity.

Criticism of Recycling Failed Leaders

Critics argue that Lesufi’s decision to recycle leaders from previous administrations could hinder progress in Gauteng.

This includes crucial sectors such as Treasury, Economic Development, Social Development, Health, and Human Settlements.

The move has been labeled by detractors as perpetuating inefficiency and failing to address pressing issues like unemployment, crime, infrastructure, and healthcare.

Future Prospects for Change in Gauteng

With seven ANC members in the Gauteng cabinet, concerns about genuine change persist.

Opposition parties, including the DA and EFF, have voiced disappointment over what they perceive as a lack of fresh leadership and innovative solutions to the province’s challenges.

Mixed Reactions from Political Leaders

ActionSA’s Funzi Ngobeni criticized Premier Lesufi’s cabinet as maintaining the status quo that has negatively impacted Gauteng’s development.

Meanwhile, the DA’s provincial leader, Solly Msimanga, expressed strategic disappointment over the breakdown of coalition talks, emphasizing the party’s commitment to bringing meaningful change.

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