ANC orders Makhura to drop male MEC in favour of gender parity

ANC orders Makhura to drop male MEC in favour of gender parity

- The ANC NEC has reportedly decided that David Makhura must axe one male MEC from his Cabinet

- This comes as Makhura's Cabinet does not feature a 50/50 gender split

- The decision is likely to prove a headache fro Makhura, as he will have to decide which MEC to get rid of

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The ANC national executive committee (NEC) has decided that Gauteng Premier David Makhura must achieve gender parity in his Cabinet.

This will require the premier to get rid of one male Cabinet member.

Reportedly, the ANC Women's League was displeased because Makhura's Cabinet did not feature a 50/50 gender split, as had been agreed upon at previous NEC meetings.

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Following this year's general election, the ANC NEC resolved that there should be gender parity among MECS in all provincial governments. Indeed, Cyril Ramaphosa's own Cabinet has an equal number of male and female members, has gathered.

While Makhura did select 5 male MECs and 5 female ones, the gender balance of his Cabinet is tilted toward the men when Makhura himself is included.

Axing one of his male MECs will be no simple feat for Makhura, however. It will require careful politicking if he intends to make the right choice without burning any bridges or upsetting any of his support base.

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Additionally, some of Makhura's MECs are popular in their own right and may be difficult to remove, such as education MEC Panyaza Lesfui, according to Sowetan Live.

ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule is set to officially announce the result of the NEC meeting later on Tuesday.

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