S. African ruling party names premier candidates

African National Congress (ANC)
African National Congress (ANC)

South Africa’s ruling party African National Congress (ANC) on Monday announced the names of seven premier candidates to be in charge of the provinces they won in the May 8 elections.

The ANC won eight provinces in elections and only lost Western Cape to the opposition Democratic alliance (DA).

The ANC held a special National Executive Council (NEC) on Monday to come up with seven names, with further discussions to take place on the premier of the North West province.

North West was put under judicial administration last year when it was facing mismanagement

“In arriving at the decision the NEC was guided by gender parity, unity and stability in the ANC structures, youths, intergeneration mix and integrity,” said ANC national spokesperson Pule Mabe.

Five out of seven premier candidates are male. To address the gender disparity among the candidates, the NEC decided that where the premiers were men, at least 60 percent of the members of the executive council or the provincial executive should be women. Where premier is a woman, there should be 50-50 representation in the provincial legislature.

Mabe said, “Speakers in all provinces will be women irrespective whether the premier is male or female. Youth representation would be integrated.” Enditem

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