Mokonyane officially elected Premier of Gauteng

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Johannesburg - Outgoing Housing MEC Nomvula Mokonyane has been officially elected as Premier of the country's economic powerhouse, Gauteng.

Ms Mokonyane was elected during the first sitting of the Provincial legislature on Wednesday.

There was no need for a vote as she was nominated unopposed.

She takes over from Paul Mashatile who is said to be among a team of MECs, still to be announced by Ms Mokonyane.

The mood was jovial as the new Premier was called to take an oath.

Dressed in a brown suit, Ms Mokonyane took the oath with a smile, as the Deputy Judge President of the High Court Jeremiah Shongwe led the proceedings.

Following her swearing-in, ANC benches clapped and sang: a ya vuya amakhosikazi (women are celebrating).

Meanwhile, Lindiwe Maseko and Steward Ngwenya, both from the ANC, have been elected Speaker and Deputy Speaker respectively.

The ANC secured four seats of permanent delegates to the National Council of Provinces while the DA and Cope got one each.

The new Premier is expected to address the media at 14H00.

Meanwhile, Free State ANC chairman Ace Magashule was also sworn-in as Premier, this morning.