- The DA has announced the official start of its candidate selection process, and Makashule Gana has expressed his intention to run for premier
- Gana says his decision has been 16 years in the making, following several posts in the province
- He believes that people need to do more to create a non-racial economy and society
Makashule Gana, has launched his bid to try and win the hearts of voters in an effort to become the Democratic Alliance's (DA) candidate for premier of Gauteng.
The DA’s Gauteng leader John Moodey, Tshwane Mayor Solly Msimanga and Midvaal’s Bongani Baloyi joined Gana’s loved ones, including his wife, on Tuesday evening in support of his decision to run for premier.
Gana launched his bid after the party announced the official start of its candidate selection process ahead of the crucial 2019 general elections.
"I believe that we can and know that we must win Gauteng, which is why I am availing myself to be the Gauteng premier candidate for the DA," Gana announced.
Gana reflected on his 16 years in the DA from his youth days, to when he served the party as a councillor in Johannesburg, in the National Assembly, and his current tenure in the Gauteng provincial legislature.
Gana believes he's prepared for the role of premier, Briefly.co.za gathered.
"I am ready to lead Gauteng. Like a marathon runner... who has trained unceasingly. I am ready to scale the political mountains," he said.
Gana cited the ANC’s fallen heroes – the late former president Nelson Mandela, and stalwart Winnie Madikizela-Mandela who passed away last week, as his inspiration for ethical leadership.
"Mama Winnie’s sacrifice reminds us that the world which so many now take for granted was won by struggle. It is a great source of pride to us that her struggle is so entwined with the story of this province," said Gana.
"In Gauteng, we are still separated by the circumstances of our birth, the healthcare we receive, the schools our children go to, the careers we pursue, where we worship and even by how, in the end, we die. These social and cultural systems are the connective fibre of our province, and we must work together to change these institutions."
Gana added 2018 held many obstacles for Gauteng, which have their roots in the failure of people to build a non-racial economy and society.
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