Gauteng Premier David Makhura on Tuesday survived a motion of no confidence tabled by the DA in the provincial legislature.
The ANC defeated the motion with 37 votes while the DA, EFF, and other smaller parties managed to get 33 votes.
The speaker of the provincial legislature, Ntombi Mekgwe, said 70 members of the legislature participated in the motion of no confidence ballot.
DA Gauteng leader Solly Msimanga claimed under Makhura’s watch, the provincial government had failed to adequately equip healthcare facilities to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic. He also cited corruption scandals that rocked the Gauteng Health Department last year involving the procurement of personal protective equipment (PPE).
In a statement on Tuesday, Msimanga said he was not surprised the ANC in the Gauteng provincial legislature voted to keep Makhura in office, despite him being “not fit to govern”.
“It is clear that the ANC-led government in Gauteng remains committed to cadre deployment and will do anything in their power to ensure Makhura remains in office, despite his government failing to exercise proper fiscal control and governance,” Msimanga said.
“The DA will not waiver in its duty as the official opposition in the province to hold Makhura and his executive to account.”
The ANC caucus in the Gauteng legislature in January described the DA’s motion as “ill-informed, opportunistic and frivolous”, and reaffirmed the party’s confidence in Makhura’s leadership.