DA Says New ANC Chair Panyaza Lesufi Is ‘Divisive’, ‘Corruption Accused’

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The Democratic Alliance (DA) on Monday said it was not impressed with the elevation of Panyaza Lesufi to African National Congress (ANC) chair after he pipped his opponent Lebogang Maile to the post by a slender majority at the weekend conference vote..

If the ANC triumphs in the next elections 53-year-old Lesufi is the front runner to replace David Makhura as Gauteng Premier.

Commenting on the matter, DA Gauteng Provincial Chairperson Fred Nel said: “The elevation of the divisive and corruption-accused Panyaza Lesufi to the ANC’s presumptive Gauteng Premier Candidate for 2024 confirms the urgency of replacing the ANC with a DA-led government in the province.

The member of the Gauteng provincial legislature added: “Lesufi is not a leader, and our residents are in dire need of a leader who has the best interests of the province at heart.

“He has a long record of dividing and scapegoating the people of Gauteng for his litany of failures as the MEC for Education.”

Furthermore, said Nel: “Lesufi also faces many unanswered questions about the corruption of the R450 million tender on the decontamination of schools during the Covid-19 pandemic, of thus plunging Gauteng into decline.

“This makes him part and parcel of the problem.”

Gauteng Education MEC Lesufi – whose department spent more than R431 million on decontaminating classrooms at the height of Covid-19 pandemic – denies any wrongdoing in the matter.

Nel added: “Instead of being further divided and failed by an ANC-led government, our residents deserve a new government that will unite and serve in the best interest of the province.

“It is time that our residents use their vote in the upcoming 2024 elections to stop the corrupt ANC and put in place a government that will only act in the best interests of the residents it serves.

“Where the DA governs in the various Gauteng municipalities, we are already demonstrating that we are committed to ensuring that basic services are delivered unhindered and that our taxpayers’ money is used to uplift the communities they serve.”