David Makhura remains Gauteng premier after surviving a motion of no confidence vote instituted by the Democratic Alliance (DA).

The African National Congress (ANC) in the Gauteng Provincial Legislature managed to secure 37 of the required votes, with the help of the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP). While the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), Freedom Front Plus (FF Plus) and the DA were in favour of the motion, and only managed to bag 33 of the votes. The African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP) abstained from the vote.

The DA had tabled the motion, citing corruption allegations related to the procurement of personal protective equipment (PPE) tenders and the R431 million spent on deep cleaning Gauteng schools, among other reasons.

Makhura’s office found itself embroiled in corruption allegations, particularly after a former department official claimed she had been given specific names of companies to be appointed as service providers for PPE.

DA not surprised David Makhura survived motion

Reacting to the motion of no confidence vote, the DA said it would continue told hold David Makhura accountable and that they were not surprised that he managed to survive the motion.

“It is no surprise that the ANC in the Gauteng Provincial Legislature today voted to keep Premier David Makhura in office. Today’s motion of no confidence brought by the DA comes after it became quite clear that Premier Makhura is not fit to govern,” said DA Gauteng leader Solly Msimanga.

“It is clear that the ANC-led government in Gauteng remains committed to cadre deployment and will do anything in their power to ensure that Premier Makhura remains in office, despite his government failing to exercise proper fiscal control and governance”

Freedom Front Plus’ Anton Alberts said the motion was not against Makhura, but the whole of the ANC.

“The fact that only four votes prevented the motion from being successful serves as proof of the ANC’s waning popularity. In fact, the ANC retained the province with a single seat after the 2019 elections and in 2024, its support will probably drop below the 50% threshold,” he said.

“The FF Plus argued that what the ANC is busy with is madness, which is the real reason why voters in Gauteng have less and less faith in the party”

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Presh JM Reporter

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