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Panyaza Lesufi Re-elected as Gauteng Premier for Seventh Term

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Panyaza Lesufi Re Elected As Gauteng Premier For Seventh Term

Panyaza Lesufi has secured his position as the Premier of Gauteng for the seventh consecutive term after an unopposed re-election at the Gauteng Provincial Legislature.

The re-election took place during a Special House Sitting held at the Selborne Hall in Marshalltown, Johannesburg, marking the first sitting since the recent General Elections in the province.

Former Arts and Culture MEC in Gauteng, Marakane Mosupyoe, also saw an unopposed election as the Speaker of the Legislature, with Judge President of the Gauteng High Court Dunstan Mlambo overseeing the ceremony.

In his acceptance speech, Lesufi expressed deep humility and vowed to work towards a unified vision for the betterment of Gauteng, emphasizing inclusivity and progress for all.

Lesufi’s priorities for the new administration include enhancing safety for women and children, tackling crime and lawlessness, and revitalizing key areas such as Johannesburg CBD, Alexandra township, and more.

With seats allocated in the legislature, the ANC holds 28 seats, followed by the DA with 22, EFF with 11, and other parties like MK, ActionSA, FF Plus, PA, Rise Mzansi, BOSA, IFP, and ACDP having representation.

The inauguration ceremony faced a delayed start as the entire ANC caucus arrived late, causing a one-hour delay before proceedings commenced finally at 11:20.

Noteworthy figures sworn in during the ceremony included former EFF MP Naledi Chirwa, adding depth to the diverse composition of the legislature.

The re-elected Premier stressed the importance of unity and collaboration among political parties to drive progress and prosperity in Gauteng, calling for a spirit of collective effort and determination.

Rachel Adams

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